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Title(s):

Flower Kachô-fugetsu

Maker:

Kunisada, Utagawa; designer; Japanese artist, 1786-1865

Category:

print

Name:

surimono

Date:

circa 1823 circa 1825

School/Style(s):

Japanese; Ukiyo-e

Period:

19th century

Description:

Surimono. Colour print from woodblocks with metallic pigment, blind embossing (karazuri) and burnishing (tsuya-zuri) on the black mirror and stand. Shikishiban. Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga. Poet: Ryûôtei Edo no Hananari. c.1823-5.

Technique(s):

woodcut
colour printing

Dimension(s):

height
width

Acquisition:

given; 1937; Barron, E. Evelyn

Notes:

This is the ‘Flower’ print from a series titled Kachô-fugetsu (Flower and bird, wind and moon). The butterfly is the seal of the kyôka circle associated with the poet Ryûôtei Edo no Hananari, which commissioned the print (the print was also issued without the seal). The woman imagines that she sees the face of her lover, whom she is longing to meet, appear in her mirror. She is holding a folded yukata and may be about to go to the bath-house. The ‘Wind’ print from the series shows a courtesan awaiting her patron. The poem reads: ‘By a subtle fragrance of flowers, my heart is so distracted and scattered, like dishevelled hair it is impossible to fix - the dawn in spring is so enchanting and impossible to describe.’

Exhibition(s):

Kachôfûgetsu: the natural world in Japanese prints. 2009-02-17 - 2009-05-17
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)

Accession:

Object Number: P.489-1937
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 166026; input: 2011-03-29; modified: 2013-10-02)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/166026





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