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Poet Sosei Hōshi

Sosei Hōshi (844‒910) was a Buddhist monk and a revered poet. One of his poems (poem number 56) is included in the first imperially sponsored poetry anthology, the Kokinwakashu, which was published in the early tenth century. In his poem, Sosei likens the pale green of the spring willow and the light pink mountain cherry blossoms dotting the hillsides around the capital city of Kyoto to a fine garment fit to adorn the ancient city.

Poet Sosei Hōshi
18th century
Ink and color on paper coated with mica
8 ¼ x 7 3/16 in (21.0 x 18.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Purchase with funds from the Thomas T. Solley Endowed Fund for the Curator of Asian Art, 2012.63