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Woman in Night Robe Reading a Letter

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1764–72
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm); W. 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
JP1654
Not on view
In his hashira-e, or pillar print, Harunobu depicts a woman reading a letter in an extremely casual manner. The thin, vertical nature of the pillar print helps to stress the languidness of the scene, as do the robe, sash, and letter, all draped heavily downward in an elongated manner.
Signature: Suzuki 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.

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