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Figure of a Bijin, or Beauty: JL.2-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Figure of a Bijin, or Beauty


Maker: Unknown




Figure of a Bijin, or Beauty, painted in Kakiemon-style enamels in red, blue, yellow, green and black. The Bijin is standing and leaning slightly backwards with a smiling expression, holding a cup in her right hand and grasping a billowing sleeve with her left. Her hair is elaborately arranged with a loop at the back. She is dressed in a long kimono decorated with a phoenix with long tail feathers which extend down its length and with cloud scrolls; with a black sash and an under robe bearing a diamond chequered pattern in red. The cup appears to be the remains of a damaged bottle.

Legal notes

Lent by Mr and Mrs Roger Jenyns in 1984

Measurements and weight

Height: 35 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Arita ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Loan (1984) by Jenyns, Roger, Mr and Mrs


17th Century
1670 - 1690

School or Style


Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: JL.2-1984
Primary reference Number: 140498
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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