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Hosomi Minoru 1922 - 2006
This fragment is from a longer illustrated narrative scroll describing the customs of romance in Heian (794-1185) times. This illustration from Tales of pleasure women is rendered in the hakubyoga style. The tale may be based on Yujoki (Record of pleasure women), a series of observations on women of carnal commerce written by author and statesman Oe no Masafusa (1041-1111). In addition to the specialized use of ink monochrome, the artist used the visual convention of "blown roof" (fukinuki yatai), allowing the viewer to peer into action normally obscured by architecture, and suggesting the narrator's omniscient point of view. Sequential numbering of text units alerts the viewer to the proper sequence for reading.
- Published References
- Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 107.
- Unknown title. no. 821 Tokyo, August 1960. pl. 2.
- Narasaki Muneshige. Courtesan and Their Life. no. 821 Tokyo. .
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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