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Viewing Iris in the Rain

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1764–70
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); W. 7 13/16 in. (19.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
JP1649
Not on view
Irises bloom in the fifth month of the year, during the rainy season known as samidare, when the rain falls gently and continuously. This print portrays women viewing irises, which symbolize a romantic mood associated with classical literature.
Signature: Harunobu ga
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA).
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Autumn and Winter," June 22, 2006–September 10, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.

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