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Suzuki Harunobu (1725?-1770)
Suzuki Harunobu (1725?-1770)

Suzuki Harunobu (1725?-1770)

Suzuki Harunobu (1725?-1770) Color woodcut: a courtesan of the Ibarakiya brothel coaxing her client to stay, an allusive picture (mitate-e) to the legend of Watanabe no Tsuna and the demon Ibaraki at the Rashomon gate, the girl's hidden left arm representing the demon's arm severed by Watanabe no Tsuna, second state of the print with reserve-printed name of the brothel on the entrance curtain--good impression and color, worming chuban tate-e: 11 1/8 x 8¼in. (28.3 x 21cm.)

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For a discussion of the possible allusions of the image and the two states of the print (the first state has a key-block black outline around the establishment name), see David Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade: A Catalogue of Woodcuts by Suzuki Harunobu and His Followers in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2013), pl. 229.

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