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Maker(s):Suzuki Harunobu
Culture:Japanese (1724-1770)
Title:Courtesan Ready for Bed with a Poem by Kakimoto Hitomaro
Date Made:ca. 1767-1778
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Mat: 17 in x 14 in; 43.2 cm x 35.6 cm; Sheet/Image: 10 7/8 in x 8 1/4 in; 27.6 cm x 21 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, ctr. (black ink): [Japanese character, Suzuki Harunobu ga]; INSCRIPTION: recto, upp. ctr. (black ink): [Japanese character, Kakimonot Hitomaro / wa [ill.]].
Accession Number:  MH 1973.252.Q.RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Louis C. Black
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Vertical chuban size, nishiki-e, bedtime stories: a courtesan in bed with her nighttime reading, Ehon yachiyo gusa (A Pictures Book of Ageless Grasses). A maid servant in the adjoining room cleans her pipe. In the cloud is a poem by Kakinomoto Hitomaro.

figures; pleasure quarters; interiors; night; reading; beauty; women; courtesans

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