Calligraphy of a four-line seven-character poem, 1693
Fukami Gentai (Kō Ten’i) 深見玄岱 (高天漪) (1649-1722)
Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
127.7 cm x 39.5 cm, 201 cm x 51.8 cm (mounted)
Collection of Harald Conrad
The shapes of the towering trees and the waterfall rising high above the peak.
The state of shivering pine and oak trees, the swelling of the large waves.
Isn’t this just like the north wind of the great ocean,
Reminding us of our petty insignificance?
—trans. Harald Conrad