Three Beauties of Our Homeland: Empress Kōmyō, Princess Sotōri, Michitsuna's Mother (Honchō sanbijin: Kōmyō Kōgō, Sotōri Hime, Udaishō Michitsuna no haha)
Three Beauties of Our Homeland: Empress Kōmyō, Princess Sotōri, Michitsuna's Mother (Honchō sanbijin: Kōmyō Kōgō, Sotōri Hime, Udaishō Michitsuna no haha)
Three Beauties of Our Homeland: Empress Kōmyō, Princess Sotōri, Michitsuna's Mother (Honchō sanbijin: Kōmyō Kōgō, Sotōri Hime, Udaishō Michitsuna no haha)
Three Beauties of Our Homeland: Empress Kōmyō, Princess Sotōri, Michitsuna's Mother (Honchō sanbijin: Kōmyō Kōgō, Sotōri Hime, Udaishō Michitsuna no haha)

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Three Beauties of Our Homeland: Empress Kōmyō, Princess Sotōri, Michitsuna's Mother (Honchō sanbijin: Kōmyō Kōgō, Sotōri Hime, Udaishō Michitsuna no haha)

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)


本朝三美人 光明皇后・衣通姫・右大将通綱ノ母

Three well-known women from different periods in Japan’s history are depicted together here. Empress Kōmyō was the wife of Emperor Shōmu (701–756), during whose reign the great Buddha of the Tōdaiji was consecrated. Princess Sotōri, who lived during the reign of Emperor Ingyō in the 5th century, was said to be so beautiful that her beauty radiated through her clothes. (Sotōri means “passing through robes.”) Michitsuna’s Mother’s personal name is unknown. She lived in the 10th century and is well known as the author of the Kagerō nikki. In her time she was as famous for her beauty as for her poetry.

Purchased for the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1931.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)
period
Edo
creation date
about 1840
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
27-7/8 x 9-5/8 in. (image & sheet trimmed all around)
mark descriptions
Artist's signature reads: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
Publisher's mark: Kikakudō (Sano-ya Kihei; nickname: Sano-Ki)
accession number
31.280
credit line
D.P. Erwin Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors