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Osen Waiting on a Young Samurai

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1770
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. (27.3 x 20 cm) medium-size print (chu-ban)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
JP2445
Not on view
The family crest of paulownia on her kimono and the partially visible torii gate identify the subject of this print as Osen, graceful waitress of the Kagiya teahouse at the entrance to the Kasamori Inari Shrine. A young samurai, two swords at his waist, sits on a bench in a relaxed pose and turns his face to look up at Osen, who approaches to serve him tea. The beautiful Osen and the handsome gallant are the very picture of stylish Edoites from the mid-eighteenth century.
Signature: Harunobu ga
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.

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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