29 March 2005
Haruki Nanmei (1795-1878)
Boating party under Ryogoku Bridge
Signed Nanmei and sealed Haruki no in
Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk
30 x 8 3/8in. (76.2 x 21.3cm.)
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Japan Society Gallery, New York, "Rain and Snow: The Umbrella in Japanese Art," 1993.4.28--6.27
Julia Meech, Rain and Snow: The Umbrella in Japanese Art, exh. cat. (New York: Japan Society, 1993), pl. 53.
A tobacco set and long pipe protrude from the cover of an open umbrella in a boat below the Ryogoku Bridge. The tilted umbrella screens the occupant or occupants of the boat from view. Perhaps a geisha or a prostitute from one of the unlicensed quarters of Edo is enjoying the cool breeze of a summer evening on the Sumida River with a client. After the official opening with fireworks at Ryogoku Bridge the river was full of crafts of pleasure seekers for the duration of the season.
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