The Immortal Poet - Kakinomoto no Hitomaro.
Edo Period. 18th century.
A delightful small wood carving of Hitomaro in classic reclined pose.
“Do I have to sleep alone through the long nights, nights long like the dragging tail of a mountain pheasant?”
Kakinomoto no Hitomaro is considered to be a saint of Japanese poetry. Little is known about him beyond stories from poems attributed to him and about him in the Man’yōshū, the oldest Japanese poetry anthology, compiled around 760 C.E.
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