Edo prints

  Design: Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770)  
  Title: Rokō-musume: The wild pink  
  Series title: The flowers of beauty from the floating world  
  Size: 29.3 x 20.8 cm (chūban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Suzuki Harunobu Roko-musume: The wild pink


Originally published in 1770, this printing is an edition from publisher Takamizawa.

The poem at the top of the print reads:

teru hi ni mo
omou naka ni wa
fuku kaze no
chiri danu suenu
tokonatsu no hana

On a sunny day,
in the midst of peaceful thoughts,
the wind came blowing
and deposited dust on
the flowers of the wild pink.

Artist’s signature in bottom right print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
haru spring  
shin faith Picture by
ga picture Harunobu

Black publisher stamp on verso of the print:

Takamizawa Seal

in which the kanji in the middle column read:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
taka high  
mi(ru) see  
sawa marsh Publisher:
han edition Takamizawa


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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