Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Image: 17 3/4 × 5 3/4 in. (45.1 × 14.6 cm)
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Not on view
Kodaira Tomi, who appears in other Goyō works, was the model for this sensual woman. She holds a narrow green sash between her teeth and her bare toes peek out beneath her long undergarment (nagajuban), which is decorated with motifs of red butterflies and flowers on a white ground. Goyō, who had created a series depicting beautiful women in 1920, was ascending in skill and fame when he died suddenly and tragically of meningitis, at the age of forty-one.
Signature: Taishō ku nen go gatsu Goyō ga (Painted by Goyo in May in the ninth year of Taisho)
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part Two)," April 27, 1998–September 27, 1998.