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Maker(s):Suzuki Harunobu
Culture:Japanese (1724-1770)
Title:Mizukagami [Water Mirror / Reflection], form the series Edo Onna Esugata Junikei [Twelve Portratis of Edo Women]
Date Made:ca. 1769-1770 (Meiwa 6-7)
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Mat: 22 1/16 in x 16 in; 56 cm x 40.6 cm; Sheet/Image: 10 3/8 in x 7 5/8 in; 26.4 cm x 19.4 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Suzuki Harunobu ga].
Accession Number:  MH 1973.256.Q.RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Louis C. Black
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Vertical chuban size, nishiki-e. A woman (a courtesan of the house of Motoya) stands on the veranda, looking at the face of monk (Komuso) reflected in the basin of water. The monk is playing a flute-like musical instrument. The woman's house title "Motoya" is shown on the red banner to the side.

beauty; women; courtesans; figures; pleasure quarters; mirrors; water; monks

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