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Dancer with a Maple Branch

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.


About 1780-90


Katsukawa Shunsho 勝川 春章
Japanese, 1726-1792

About this artwork

This woman is performing the Momijigari dance, which is done in autumn using branches of red maple as props. She has partially undone her outer robe to reveal one sleeve of the red garment she wears underneath. Red maple leaves can be found as a motif indicating autumn throughout painting and the decorative arts in Japan.


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Arts of Asia


Katsukawa Shunsho


Dancer with a Maple Branch


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Hanging scroll; Ink, color, and gold on paper


58.7 × 28.1 cm (23 1/8 × 11 1/16 in.); Overall with mount and knobs: 147.8 × 43.8 cm (58 3/16 × 17 1/4 in.)

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Frederick W. Gookin Collection

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