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Fujiwara no Sanekata's Sparrow Obsession

Size: 36.0cm by 25.0cm (14.17 in by 9.84 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Era: Meiji | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 40,000$ 365.00£ 265.00€ 309.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: Fujiwara Sanekata (?-999), a vassal of the Ichijyo Emperor, was a nobleman and famous poet. One day, he got into an argument with Fujiwara Yukinari about poetry in front of the emperor. Sanetaka was so angry that he grabbed Yukinari's crown and threw it on the ground, angering both Yukinari and the emperor. The emperor demoted Sanetaka and sent him far away, up north, to the wilderness. Angry about how he had been treated, Sanetaka dreamt of returning to Kyoto, a dream which was never realised. He died of a broken heart. After the report of Sanekata's death, a strange rumor of a sparrow entering the palace every morning and eating rice off of a plate circulated in Kyoto. This sparrow was also believed to be eating all of the crops. The people of the area were horrified, believing this sparrow to be Sanetaka, who passed away without being able to return to Kyoto.

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