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鈴木春信画「風俗四季歌仙 立春」
The First Day of Spring (Risshun), from the series Fashionable Poetic Immortals of the Four Seasons (Fūzoku shiki Kasen)

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1768
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
11 x 8 1/4 in. (27.9 x 21 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Accession Number:
JP2776
Not on view
A young man with a sword tucked into his sash looks up at a young woman in the doorway as he gestures toward a bitter-orange (daidai) tree in the garden. The artist puns on a classical poem by Fujiwara no Shunzei (1114–1204) that refers to opening the gates of the heavens (ama no to) by showing a young woman opening rain shutters (amado). The poem reads:

Ama no to no
akuru keshiki mo ,
shizuka nite
kumoi yori koso
haru wa tachikere

As the gates of
heavens open, quietly
a splendid scene appears
as spring arrives from
the palace of the clouds.
—Trans. John T. Carpenter
Signature: Harunobu ga
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).
Chiba City Museum of Art. "Suzuki Harunobu (1725–1770)," September 14, 2002–October 20, 2002.

Hagi Uragami Museum. "Suzuki Harunobu (1725–1770)," November 2, 2002–December 8, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 20, 2015–January 22, 2017.

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