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Beauties and the Seven Bright Flowers: Peony, Uematsu Chikako

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Beauties and the Seven Bright Flowers: Peony, Uematsu Chikako, 1878
Ink on Paper
14 5/8 in. x 9 13/16 in. (37.08 cm x 24.89 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2008.1.52

Alternate Title: Bijin shichi yoka: Peony, Uematsu Chikako

In the late 1870s, the artist Yoshitoshi designed a series of prints called Beauties and the Seven Bright Flowers, which paired beautiful women from the Imperial Court with the most popular seasonal flowers. Here, the Lady Uematsu Masako (or Chikako) is paired with peonies, a flower that has long been associated with feminine beauty and a symbol of summertime. She is shown in a colorful kimono carrying a paddle-shaped hand fan (uchiwa) to help her stay cool in the summer heat.

- Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections, 2021

Signed: oju Yoshitoshi ga Seal: Red square "taiso"

Object Description
From the series "Bijin shichi yoka" with half-length portraits of women of the Imperial Court. The high ranking courty lady, Sho-go-i Uematsu Masako and peonies.

Inoue Mohyo

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