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Gallery Text

Inebriation was celebrated among literati as a means of transcending social and artistic boundaries. Gyokudō is often said to have painted while drunk, although it is unclear whether his intoxication was actual or metaphorical. The drunken persona reflects his commitment to the literati ideals of naturalness and amateurism reflected in this microcosmic landscape, inhabited by a solitary traveler crossing a bridge in the foreground. Rounded peaks loom over the front of the picture plane, threatening, despite their diminutive size, to engulf the viewer in a mass of frenzied ink work.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Uragami Gyokudō, Japanese (Bizen 1745 - 1820)
A Thousand Mountains in Deep Verdure
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Senzan bansui
Work Type
hanging scroll, painting
c. 1810
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3500, Special Exhibitions Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
image only: 35 x 37.1 cm (13 3/4 x 14 5/8 in.)
with mount: 138 x 54.3 cm (54 5/16 x 21 3/8 in.)
display dimensions: 142.9 x 63.5 cm (56 1/4 x 25 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Senzan ban sui, Gyokudō
  • seal: Kin-o
  • seal: Shirahige/Hakuzen Kinshi
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Uragami Gyokudo Shinsekishu (Tokyo, Japan, 1956), vol. 3, illus. #193

Chiba City Museum of Art and The Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, ed., Uragami Gyokudo, exh. cat. (Okayama, Japan, 2006), illus. #160 p. 147

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, exh. cat., Yomiuri Shinbunsha (Tokyo, 2013), p. 85, cat.32

Rachel Saunders, "Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection", Orientations, Orientations Magazine (Hong Kong, January/February 2020), vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 20-33, p. 28, fig. 8

Rachel Saunders and Yukio Lippit, Painting Edo: Selections from the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 2020), p. 59, fig. 47

Exhibition History

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 05/21/2013 - 07/15/2013; Miho Museum, 07/20/2013 - 08/18/2013; Tottori Prefectural Museum, 10/05/2013 - 11/10/2013

32Q: 2600 East Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/04/2015 - 11/29/2015

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/14/2020 - 07/18/2021

Subjects and Contexts

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