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Eight Drunken Hermits
Important Cultural Property
Six-panel folding screen
Height 149cm Width 360cm
Kyoto National Museum
One of the rare dated works by Kaihô Yûshô (1533-1615), this painting of four drunken sages was originally one of two screens depicting the Eight Drunken Hermits, a favorite subject of early Japanese painters based on a verse by the Chinese Tang-period poet Du Fu (712-770). The other screen would have been placed to the right of this one. The inscription in the left corner indicates that this work was commissioned by Kamei Korenori (1557-1612), lord of Kano Castle, Inaba Province (now eastern Tottori Prefecture) and was finished on the third day of the tenth month of 1602 (Keichô 7).