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Butterfly on the flowers (Hana no cho), by Utagawa Kunisada

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An image of Butterfly on the flowers (Hana no chô). Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864). Colour print from woodblocks, with metallic pigment, blind embossing (karazuri), and burnishing (tsuyazuri) on the black mirror and stand. Shikishiban format surimono. Circa 1823-1825. The text of the letter may be the lyric to a popular song by a poet using the name Sono no Kochô ('Butterfly in the garden'), which appears on the print next to a red butterfly and blossom seal (repeated on the hairpin and kimono design).

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Butterfly on the flowers (Hana no chô). Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864). Colour print from woodblocks, with metallic pigment, blind embossing (karazuri), and burnishing (tsuyazuri) on the black mirror and stand. Shikishiban format surimono. Circa 1823-1825. The text of the letter may be the lyric to a popular song by a poet using the name Sono no Kochô ('Butterfly in the garden'), which appears on the print next to a red butterfly and blossom seal (repeated on the hairpin and kimono design).

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  • Accession Number: P.494-1937
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/16.0
  • Focal length: 80
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 1025 pixels
  • Image width: 895 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 911.72kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 16/1
  • Captured: 2013:08:16 12:07:21

Key words

19th Century beauty blossom butterflies butterfly circular clothes clothing colour printing costume courtesan Edo Period fashion female Fitz_PDP floral flowers fruits geigi geiko geisha hair hairstyle Japan Japanese kanzashi hairpin letters love letter maiko plum blossom plum tree plums print reader reading round scroll Shikishiban surimono tree blossom tsuyazuri ukiyo-e Utagawa Kunisada window woman woodblock woodcut young

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