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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
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