Takehisa Yumeji, 'Princess Tatsuta' (Tatsuta-hime), a colour woodblock print
Japan, around AD 1935
From 'A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures in Woodblock Print' (Takehisa Yumeji moku-hangu-shū)
Tatsuta-hime, the Shintō goddess of autumn and the harvest, is shown here as an elegant modern beauty in a high-waisted kimono with long swinging sleeves. She poses before a distant, barren Mt Fuji.
The artist is quoted as saying about Princess Tatsuta: 'She's the crowning woman of my life. She's Miss Nippon!'
L. Smith, The Japanese print since 1900: (London, The British Museum Press, 1983)
T. Clark, 100 views of Mount Fuji (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)