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The Chogonka Scrolls
CBL J 1158
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This pair of scrolls was painted, probably after Chinese sources, by the Kyoto Kano School master, Sansetsu, and is among his finest works. Chogonka, translated as 'Song of Everlasting Sorrow', is a tragic love poem written by the Chinese poet Bai Juyi (AD 772-846). Based on a true story, it describes the Emperor Xuanzong’s doomed love affair with his beautiful concubine, Yang Guifei.

History of the Object
The scrolls were repaired and remounted in Japan in the 1990s, courtesy of the Hirayama Art Foundation.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Pair of handscrolls; ink, colours, gold and silver on silk 
Measurements
Height 33 cm. Length 1046 cm.  
Creator name
Kano Sansetsu 
Creator date
1590-1651 
Where it was made
Kyoto, Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
Middle 17th Century; early Edo period 
Function
Painted scrolls 
Acquisition
Ex-collection Louis Gonse (1846-1921) 
Copyright
(c) Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Chester Beatty Library 
Museum
The Chester Beatty Library 
Credit line
Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library 

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