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Beauty at the Mimeguri Shrine

A work made of hanging scroll; ink, colors and gold pigment on silk.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of hanging scroll; ink, colors and gold pigment on silk.

Date:

Edo period, Bunka era c. 1804/18

Artist:

Utagawa Toyohiro
Japanese, 1773-1828

About this artwork

This fashionable woman is enjoying a cool evening by the Mimeguri Shrine, located on an embankment of the Sumida River, which flows through central Tokyo. Her clothing advertises her sophistication: a chic lightweight black kimono that reveals the colors of her robes underneath, with a complementary obi (sash). Toyohiro was a second-generation artist of the Utagawa School, the most prominent painters of ukiyo-e, or “floating world” pictures. The phrase “floating world” describes a way of life in premodern Japanese cities (17th–19th centuries) that celebrated enjoyment in fleeting pleasures such as art, beauty, and fashion.

Status

On View, Gallery 108

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Utagawa Toyohiro

Title

Beauty at the Mimeguri Shrine

Origin

Japan

Date

1804–1818

Medium

Hanging scroll; ink, colors and gold pigment on silk

Dimensions

70.5 x 26.5 cm (27 3/4 x 10 7/16 in.); w/ mounting: 158.1 x 37.2 cm (62 1/4 x 14 5/8 in.); width including lower roller: 42.6 cm (16 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Margaret Gentles

Reference Number

1969.641

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