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Blowing Soap Bubbles Under the Plum Blossom

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
11 x 8 in. (27.9 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Bequest of Julia H. Manges, 1960
Accession Number:
JP3403
Not on view
In this print the device is again employed of a classical poem incorporated into a cloudlike formation at the top. The poem reads, freely:

"I do not want my mind to be tainted
by the smell and color of the plums,
but the wind stealthily carries
the mysterious scent and color into my sleeve."

Under a plum blossom tree, a mother blows bubbles as her son watches with amusement. The use of the plum, a symbol of sexuality and eroticism, coupled with the mother's activity and the child's celebratory dancing, seems to suggest the act of procreation and the value of maternity.
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