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Waves on Moonlight

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:
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of Samuel Isham, 1914
Accession Number:
JP872
Not on view
An "oiran" stands in a house by the sea, trning to look thrugh the open "shoji" at the rippling waves while the seated woman fans the fire in a hibachi to make a teakettle boil. Above is an ode by Minamoto Shitagō from Jūishū #171:

Mizu no omo ni teru tsukinami o
kazofureba
koyoi zo aki no monaka narikeru.

When we count the moons on the waves
We know that it is
mid-autumn.
Signature: Harunobu ga
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