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The Jewel River at Chōfu (Chōfu no Tamagawa)

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1768
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 5/8 x 7 3/4 in. (27 x 19.7 cm) medium-size print (chu-ban)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
JP3022
Not on view
Tatsukuri (or Tetsukuri), in the Musashi area west of modern Tokyo known as Chōfu, is a famous place for bleaching cloth. The woman here is rinsing cloth in the shoals of the river but looks almost as if dancing with the waving cloth. Use of the technique of embossing subtly reveals the cloth's thickness.

The poem by Fujiwara Teika in the square reads:

Tamagawa at Chōfu by Teika

The cloth that is hung over the
fence for bleaching
catches the morning dew at the
village of Tamagawa.

(trans. by Miyeko Murase)
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