Courtier Playing a Flute to Accompany a Bugaku Dance
Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Part of an album of woodblock prints (surimono); ink and color on paper
5 1/2 x 8 3/16 in. (14 x 20.8 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Not on view
The design of this surimono, a sumptuous print, commissioned by one of the poetry clubs that flourished in the urban society of early-nineteenth-century Edo, uses the accoutrements of a Bugaku performance as auspicious imagery for a New Year's greeting. It evokes an aura of courtly romance in classic literature.
Signature: Seal (hand-stamped): Shunman
Takaoka Art Museum. "Viewpoint of Tadamasa Hayashi: A Bridge between East and West," September 28, 1996–October 27, 1996.
Fukuyama Museum of Art. "Viewpoint of Tadamasa Hayashi: A Bridge between East and West," November 2, 1996–December 1, 1996.
Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki. "Viewpoint of Tadamasa Hayashi: A Bridge between East and West," December 7, 1996–January 26, 1997.