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Tsukioka Kogyo, Japanese, (1869–1927)
The Lattice Shutter (Hajitomi), 1925
Ink on Paper
15 in. x 10 1/8 in. (38.1 cm x 25.72 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2007.1.34


Commentary
At dawn, the ghost of Lady Yugao retreats inside her lonely dwelling covered in gourds, and the priest realizes that everything was but a dream. Symbolically, Lady Yugao’s name comes from that of a fragile white flower which blooms and dies in the span of a single day.

Object Description
The play begins as a priest from the Unrin’in temple prays to honor the summer flowers that he has gathered to offer Buddha. During his service, the ghost of Lady Yugao appears. She dances and recounts memories of her love for Genji. But at dawn, she retreats inside her lonely house that is seen covered in gourds, and the priest realizes that everything was but a dream. Symbolically, Lady Yugao’s name comes from that of a beautiful, fleeting flower which blooms and dies in the span of a single day.

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