Jul 11, 2014

Hinazura of Chōjiya from the series Beauties as the Seven Komachi

Hinazura of Chōjiya from the series Beauties as the Seven Komachi

c. 1793-97

Utagawa Toyokuni 歌川 豊国

(Japanese, 1769–1825)

Color woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Sheet: 37.9 x 25.4 cm (14 15/16 x 10 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.355



Seven plays based on legends from the life of 9th-century poet Ono no Komachi served as the source for this print series. Hinazura looks at a caged bird, symbolizing the play The Parrot, in which Komachi responds to a poem sent to her by the Emperor Yozei with a poem with just one syllable changed.

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