6806 A two-fold paper screen painted with ink and colour on a dark silver ground with poppies
Japan 18th century Edo period
Dimensions: H. 66¾” x W. 67½” (169cm x 171cm)
Keshi has two meanings, ‘poppy’ and ‘erase’, as this poem by Hokushi (d. 1718) so eloquently illustrates.
Keshitari hate wa
Keshi no hana
I write, erase, rewrite,
erase again, and then
a poppy blooms.