Floating Shojo

A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.

Date:

1870s

Artist:

Chomu
Japanese, active 19th century

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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Artist

Chomu

Title

Floating Shojo

Origin

Japan

Date

1870–1879

Medium

Color woodblock print; surimono

Dimensions

23.5 x 8.8 cm

Credit Line

Charles H. Mitchell Collection unrestricted gift

Reference Number

1972.1401

Extended information about this artwork

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