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Parody of Minamoto no Tametomo

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1765
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 1/2 x 7 7/8 in. (26.7 x 20 cm) medium-size print (chu-ban)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
JP2437
Not on view
In the picture-calendar the cyclical date for 1765 is hidden. Japan's system of cyclical dates for naming years combines the ten celestial stems with the twelve animals of the zodiac. Kinoto tori (the second of the ten stems and the zodiac sign of the rooster) appears on the left side of the warrior's neckband and "Meiwa 2" (1765) is seen on the right. The numerals for the dai, or long, months (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10) appear inside the exposed lining of his kimono, while the numerals for the shō, or short, months (1, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12) are reversed in white and disguised as bamboo leaves on the kimono of the woman nearest the screen.
Signature: Suzuki Harunobu ga

Marking: red seals of a former owner)
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

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