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Female Dancer

A work made of hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper.




Artist unknown
Japanese, active 17th century

About this artwork

This painting was likely once mounted on a folding screen alongside other images of dancers with fans. The exuberance of her movements evokes the lively urban culture that had sprung up in Japan’s largest cities during the 17th century, with entertainments such as dancing, theater, and brothels catering to a range of customers.


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Arts of Asia


Female Dancer


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper


59.5 × 29.9 cm (23 7/16 × 11 3/4), including mount and knobs: 124.1 × 45.4 (48 7/8 × 17 7/8 in.)

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Frederick W. Gookin Collection

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