late 1700s-early 1800s
(Japanese, d. 1819)
Fan painting mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and color with gold on paper
Image: 39.8 x 53 cm (15 11/16 x 20 7/8 in.); Overall: 126.4 x 61.3 cm (49 3/4 x 24 1/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1999.90
Nakamura Hōchū took inspiration for his work from the painter Ogata Kōrin.
Nakamura Hōchū painted waves on this handheld fan to bring coolness to the mind of its bearer. While fragile paper fans are often used for a single season, this one was cherished for its design. Someone carefully removed it from its folding apparatus and converted it into a hanging scroll for occasional enjoyment in an alcove.
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