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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1906,1220,0.57

  • Description

    Woodblock print. Bijinga. Lady having her hair dressed by hair maid,with autumn grasses visible through open window.1 of 2 impressions.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1765-1770
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Comment

        Harunobu, Suzuki
  • Curator's comments

    Haranobu's set of 'Eight Parlour Views' ('Zashiki hakkei') parodied the classical Chinese subject 'Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers'. The full moon is here alluded to by the round mirror and autumn pampas-grass is visible through the window. The set was commissioned by the poet Okubo Kyosen, probably in 1765, and presented in a printed wrapper to his acquaintances, each sheet bearing his printed signature and hand-impressed seals as 'conceiver' of the design. The second printing has no signature. this comes from the third, more commercial printing in which the name of the artist, Haranobu, finally appears carved into one of the colour blocks. (Label copy, TTC 1997)

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  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1916 16 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2016 Oct–2017 Jan, London, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1906

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1906,1220,0.57

  • Additional IDs

    • B16

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