Onna Maizuru

 
Artist
Creation date
Period
Edo
Materials
color woodblock print
Credit line
Purchased form the D. P. Erwin Fund
Accession number
31.268A-B
Collection
Not Currently On View

女まい鶴

The subject matter here has not been satisfactorily identified to conclusively describe the depicted scene, and the title remains enigmatic. The woman in the background on the far left is using wooden clappers that are normally used in Noh and Kabuki performances, indicating that a dance is being performed.

The linework used to capture the lovely faces and varied poses is strong yet supple, possessing a tensile quality that both defines and adds volume to the forms. The gorgeous costumes contribute a rich pageantry to the scene.

Purchased for the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1931.
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