Basket of Peonies

Basket of Peonies

1810 or 1814

Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎

(Japanese, 1760-1849)

Color woodblock print; surimono

Sheet: 52.1 x 38.3 cm (20 1/2 x 15 1/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Ralph King 1943.5

Description

A surimono is a privately commissioned print used to announce or commemorate a special event. This picture celebrates an event in the life of the actor Ichikawa Danjuro VII, whose emblem was the peony. According to Japanese tradition, the peony--one of the flowers of the four seasons--is the flower of summer.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Print

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