c. mid 1720s
Hand-colored woodblock print
Sheet: 33.7 x 15.9 cm (13 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.)
The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.349
This early hand-colored print is enriched with a technique called urushi-e (literally “lacquer picture”), in which glue is painted over areas of black pigment, producing a lustrous surface reminiscent of lacquer. Metal filings sprinkled onto the designs of parasols, a fan, and musical instruments on the woman’s kimono enhance the sense of luxury.
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