About this artwork
Chomu here presented a summer scene with a paper figure of Shojo floating in a water basin and reflected on its surface. Shojo are mythical, sake-loving water sprites that live on the ocean’s floor. They often appear in Japanese art and are usually shown dancing drunkenly around a sake cask.
Like the parrot prints by Tanaka Shutei, these two prints have the same artist, design, and host, Hayama Kiitsu. Kiitsu, an Osaka haiku poet, may have recycled this charming design by an otherwise unknown artist in order to save trouble, time, or expense.
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- Asian Art
- Floating Shojo
- Color woodblock print; surimono
- 23.5 x 8.8 cm
- Charles H. Mitchell Collection unrestricted gift