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Flirting by a waterfall

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An image of Flirting by a waterfall. Harunobu, Suzuki (Japanese, 1724-1770). Colour print from woodblocks. Chuban. Woodcut, circa 1767 to circa 1769. Ukiyo-e. 
Notes: The poem on the man's fan reads: ‘Hiryu chokka sansen shaku (Straight down three thousand feet plunges the leaping torrent)’. The maple-leaves above show that it is Autumn, and the print may refer to the No play Momiji-gari (Maple-viewing) from which several dance episodes were adapted in the Edo period. In the earliest impressions the water was printed in blue. A later variation on the same design with the same poem is found in another print by Harunobu.

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Flirting by a waterfall. Harunobu, Suzuki (Japanese, 1724-1770). Colour print from woodblocks. Chuban. Woodcut, circa 1767 to circa 1769. Ukiyo-e. Notes: The poem on the man's fan reads: ‘Hiryu chokka sansen shaku (Straight down three thousand feet plunges the leaping torrent)’. The maple-leaves above show that it is Autumn, and the print may refer to the No play Momiji-gari (Maple-viewing) from which several dance episodes were adapted in the Edo period. In the earliest impressions the water was printed in blue. A later variation on the same design with the same poem is found in another print by Harunobu.

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  • Accession Number: P.5-1955
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/19.0
  • Focal length: 80
  • Camera: Hasselblad H4D-31
  • Photographer name: Andrew Norman
  • Image height: 1025 pixels
  • Image width: 742 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 1.00MB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 19/1

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18th Century chuban colour printing costume fans fashion female Fitz_PDP flirtatious flirting footware geta girls hair hairstyle Japanese kimono obi print romance sash shoes Suzuki Harunobu ukiyo-e waterfall woman women woodblock woodcut

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