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Loan Object
Artist: Yanagawa Shigenobu II, Japanese, active ca. 1820–60

Ise Bay (Ise tsu), from the series Impressions of Spring (Shunkyō)

ca. 1825

Surimono, shikishi-ban; polychrome woodblock print with brass and silver pigment, bokashi (fading technique), and gauffrage

sheet: 8 1/4 × 7 1/16 in. (21 × 18 cm)
Promised gift of Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, B.A. 1970

二代目柳川重信 「伊勢津 春興」 江戸時代

This print is part of a diptych by Yanagawa Shigenobu II, the adopted son of Yanagawa Shigenobu I (1787–1832)—who was, in turn, the pupil, son-in-law, and adopted son of Katsushika Hokusai. In it, the courtly poet and imperial grandson Ariwara no Narihira (825–880 C.E. sits beside a window in a well-appointed but simply furnished room. He is depicted as the paragon of the dashing aesthete and literary lover, in the custom of the ancient imperial Heian court (794–1185). The window opens onto a translucent moon, which rises over a blossoming plum tree and pine that are indicative of spring. The pale red cartouche at top right indicates that the scene takes place at Ise Bay, near the Ise Grand Shrine, which is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu and located in present-day Mie Prefecture.

Edo period (1615–1868)
Works on Paper - Prints

Collection of Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian.


Sadako Ohki and Adam Haliburton, The Private World of Surimono: Japanese Prints from the Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian Collection (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2020), 164–67, no. 45, ill.

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