Exhibitions/ Art Object

Freestanding Screen with Dancer

Edo period (1615–1868)
17th century
Ink, color, and gold on gilt paper, mounted on a lacquered screen
20 x 16 15/16 in. (50.8 x 43.1 cm)
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
The bold designs of the dancer’s robe accentuate her striking presence and fluid movements, while the more delicate outlines of her hands and face convey the emotional nuances of her art. The painting, which may have once been part of a larger composition, is mounted on a nineteenth-century freestanding screen (tsuitate), the frame and lower panel of which are decorated with “sprinkled picture” (maki-e) on “pear skin” (nashiji) ground.
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA)
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