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Murase Taiitsu (1803-1881)
Nanga / Bunjin
The sound of fulling in the moonlight, Gekka ni chinsei (woman pounding cloth)
Signed: Taiitsu Rôjin heidai
Seals: Murase Taiitsu & Hakusetsu
Technique: sumi on paper 26,2 x 22,6
Mounting: cream gold speckled paper, blue silk and beige silk
black lacqurered rollers, 126 x 36,6
Condition: Very good


A pale moon sinks into the clouds
And it is lonely here,
Despite the sound of the fulling block.
Who would know that I think of him with every stroke?
These chilly clothes I have to send to him so far away.
Comp. Sôjin ’83 p. 10, Sôjin ’88 # 16, Ichinomiya # 29

This poem fits a tradition of Tang-poetry. In these poems women think of their men who are fighting aggressive barbarians on the borders in the cold North-West.