Included among the Six Immortal Poets (rokkasen), Ono no Komachi was a 9th-century poet famous for both her talent and her beauty. Her life inspired seven significant noh plays, each of which reflected a period in her life. The last, Sotoba Komachi or “Grave-post Komachi,” presents the poet as an old beggar woman sitting on the fallen grave post, regretting the passing of her beauty. Yoshitoshi portrays this famous scene in all its wistful melancholy. Dressed in the noh costume worn by her character, Komachi’s tattered hat reveals her struggle, but her face retains a slight flicker of beauty and a wealth of wisdom.