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Painting, hanging scroll, forgery. Woman standing and combing hair of young man seated drinking tea and looking at his reflection in mirror; female attendant seated next to them. Ink, colour and gold on silk. Signed and sealed.
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Height: 49.50 centimetres
Width: 34.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 1992
The scene of a woman combing the hair of a young man is a reference to the famous episode in Kabuki 'Soga' plays in which the courtesan Tora of Oiso combs the hair of her lover, Soga no Juro. The signature follows the general mannerisms of Ando but is weak, and the seal is not quite like those impressed on works taken to be authentic: the characters are carved in a slightly different cursive form and the space between the square and circle is too wide. Certain colours stand out as strange - notably the plum on the man's robe and the acid blue on the courtesan's robe. Though the general line quality is not too confident, the overall composition is convincing, and it is likely this is a copy of a now-lost authentic work by Ando.
Fujikake Shizuya 藤懸静也. 'Ukiyo-e no kenkyu'「浮世絵の研究」. 3 vols, Tokyo, Yuzankaku, 1943, no. 113.
Lane, Richard. 'Kaigetsudo' (Kodansha Library of Japanese Art, vol. 13). Tokyo and Rutland, Vermont, Charles E. Tuttle, 1959, pl. 33.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Soga monogatari (The Tale of the Soga Brothers) (kabuki play)
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- Acquisition notes
- The collection of Japanese and Chinese paintings belonging to Arthur Morrison was purchased by Sir William Gwynne-Evans, who presented it to the British Museum in 1913.
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- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.1386 (Japanese Painting Number)