Jul 29, 2014
Jul 5, 2005

Righteousness, from The Five Virtues

Righteousness, from The Five Virtues

五常の内 義


Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木春信

(Japanese, 1724-1770)

Color woodblock print

Overall: 36.6 x 21.6 cm (14 7/16 x 8 1/2 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.307


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The artist's signature is on the door painted with a mandarin drake in a snowy scene.


Two young male courtesans enjoy reading in their quarters by candlelight. One holds an illustrated book recognizable as the drawing manual Illustrated Book of the Treasure-Bag of Sketches (絵本写宝袋), published in 1720 by Tachibana Morikuni (1679–1748). The poem at the top translates as follows:

In all things to be humble,
discern the path of reason,
and abstain from falsehood.
This is what we call righteousness.

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