Portrait of the Priest-Poet Saigyo


Period Kamakura period, 14th century
Materials and techniques Hanging scroll, colour on silk
Size 78.5×39.0


This work is said to be a portrait of Saigyō, with one on his poems on the top right. The facial expressions are those of an old man, shown through meticulous brush stokes, and as such this must be a portrait in his final years. It is a fine example of the portrait painting from the Kamakura period.

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