Lady and Attendant under Cherry Tree
Lady and Attendant under Cherry Tree

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Lady and Attendant under Cherry Tree

Ryujo Yamazaki (Japanese)


桜下美人図

The young woman looks down upon the fallen cherry blossoms at her feet. Written in the artist’s expert hand, a poem by Akazome Emon (active 976–1041) in the upper right reads: “Sad though it may be, there is no way to continue on without trampling them, the wild cherry blossoms that fill my heart.”

The poem joins the imagery of youthful beauty and cherry blossoms to love; through her calligraphy, the artist herself is also added to the picture. Ryūjo was an accomplished artist by age 15. Her works were popularly referred to as “oryū-e” (paintings by Miss Ryū).

Rosemarie and Leighton Longhi; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2000.

Object Information

artist
Ryujo Yamazaki (Japanese)
period
Edo
creation date
1700-1730
materials
ink and color on silk
dimensions
31 x 11 in. (image)
62 x 15 1/4 in. (overall)
mark descriptions
Signed: Joryu hitsu
Seal: illegible
Seal: illegible
Inscribed: Poem by Akazome Emon (l. 10- e. 11c)
accession number
2000.158
credit line
Gift of Rosemarie and Leighton Longhi in honor of Amalia Angelina Longhi
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors