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Through A Child’s Eyes: The Lure of Painted Poetry

By Seema Rao
Museum Educator

The Lure of Painted Poetry: Japanese and Korean Art may not seem to have too much lure to someone who can’t read English poetry, let alone Japanese. However, the exhibition can hold quite a draw to the under 5 set. Below is a tour of the exhibition by Maya, a 4-year-old visitor who chose a few of her favorite works.

“My name is Maya. I like to do stuff at school and home like painting. Here are some things here that I like.”

Painting Party, 1880. Kawanabe Kyosai(Japanese, 1831 – 1889). Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper; Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1983.88

“It really is funny because all the men are painting and not drinking. They are not playing. They are grown.”

Four of Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers, 1788. Tani Buncho (Japanese,1763 – 1840). Sections of a handscroll mounted as hanging scrolls; ink and color on paper; Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1980.188.3

“I see people in mountains that look like fountains. And people running. I see people in a boat. I wonder if they are fishing. Or maybe they are catching crab. Yuck. I think it is warm because they are not wearing light jackets. How did they build that house way up there. Did they fly? I will try to make pictures of you and me and mommy outside like this.”

Bowl, late 1600s. Japan, Edo period. Imari ware porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration; John L. Severance Fund 1964.364.1

“I like the good plate stuff. I like the flowers. I would put food in there. Probably something sweet to drink.”

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