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Dream of the Rush Gatherer

Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760-1849)


小原女夢見美人図

The young woman wears the distinctive dress-indigo blue kimono, white apron, hand covers and leggings, and a towel over her hair-of women from the mountain village of Ohara, who carried on their heads bundles of brushwood, firewood, flowers and the like to sell in Kyoto.

As she dozes, she dreams of Harugoma, or Spring-horse, dancers. At the start of the year, Harugoma performers would go from door to door to drive away evil and invite good fortune to each household.

Its style places this painting in the early 1800s, when the artist called himself "Sōri" and before he took the name Hokusai.

Object Information

artist
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760-1849)
period
Edo
creation date
1760-1849
materials
ink | Colors On Silk
dimensions
13 1/2 x 19 3/4
accession number
62.8
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors