Artist: Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木春信)

Print: The Kōya Jewel River, a Famous Place in Kii Province (Kōya no Tamagawa, Kiinokuni no meisho), from the series The Six Jewel Rivers in Popular Customs (Fūzoku Mu Tamagawa - 風俗六玉川)

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Dates: circa 1769 - 1770,created
Dimensions: Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock prints

Signed: Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木春信)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Chazen Museum of Art;

Physical description:

"A young man attired as a date kommusō is walking along a raised path beside which kikyō (bell-flowers) are in bloom. It is therefore autumn: the valley behind is filled with mist; and on hills in the distance beyond is the finial of a pagoda on Mt. Kōya. The young man carries a shakuhachi and a deep basket hat (tengai), and wears a friar's robes of pongee silk (tsumugi), together with a black kesa (Zen stole). The shakuhachi bag hanging from his sash has a gaudy design of a carp in surging water. In the square cartouche... is the title of the poem, together with a portrait identified as the monk and poet Kūkai; in the tanzaku cartouche beside it is the series title, and a poem by him as follows:

wasure mo
kumu ya shitsuran
tabibito no
Takano no oku no
Tamagawa no mizu

However much the
traveller forgets, he will
surely scoop water
from the Crystal River in
the depth of Mount Takano.

Quoted from: The Harunobu Decade by David Waterhouse, vol. 1, text, p. 313, #565.

Illustrated in Pins on page 107 with the title Gompachi disguised as a komuso on the bank of a river.