Courtesan in Reverie
Courtesan in Reverie
Courtesan in Reverie

Courtesan in Reverie

Attributed to Hishikawa Moronobu (Japanese, 1620-1694)

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美人図

Seemingly lost in reverie, a woman sits with her arms tucked up inside her beautiful chrysanthemum-patterned robe. Her obi is decorated with a gold phoenix pattern on a deep blue ground. On a lacquer tray beside her are an incense burner, packets of incense, and metal chopsticks.

Paintings like this one, aimed at patrons from the lower classes of Japanese society, were the main products of Moronobu's studio. Some of his students were allowed to sign his name to their works. Moronobu also pioneered single-sheet woodblock prints, which could stand alone as artworks rather than simply as illustrations in printed books.

ex-collection Ogiwara Yasunosuke, Tokyo

Object Information

artist
Attributed to Hishikawa Moronobu (Japanese, 1620-1694)
period
Edo
creation date
about 1680-1694
materials
ink and color on silk, hanging scroll
dimensions
40-5/8 x 16 in. (image)
71-1/2 x 19-7/8 x 21-5/8 in. (installed)
(21-5/8 in. with knobs)
accession number
58.92
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors

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