|Artist||By Hon'ami Koetsu|
|Period||Momoyama - Edo period, 17th century|
|Materials and techniques||Handscroll, ink on decorated paper|
Twenty-three autumn poems selected from the anthology Kokin-wakashū are transcribed sparsely on a paper scroll printed with peonies in mica flakes. The calligraphic style is elegant and the flow of brush is even compared to his other works. It is quite different from Kōetsu’s aesthetic tendency seen in his later works that are characterized by transcribing poems on magnificent scrolls rich in gold and silver pigments and gorgeous printings. Kōetsu’s chops are marked at the end of this scroll and the seal showing “Sōji, the paper craftsman” is inscribed on the reverse side of the scroll.