Posted by Preben (18.104.22.168) on November 25, 2010 at 13:48:40:
In Reply to: Herde Utamaro! posted by Preben on November 14, 2010 at 09:04:43:
I am still trying to solve some aspects of this print.
I have now been told that the text to the left of the signature could be a poem written in chinese. Is there anybody that could verify this?
It seems that there is a very popular theme among Zen Buddhists in the medieval Japan, called "The Ten Ox Herder Songs". Each song is a four-line poem. Maybe this print illustrates one of these songs?
There seems to be a book on the subject as well:
The Ox Herder: A Zen Parable Illustrated
George Braziller, 2002
Does anybody know about this book?
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