春信の雪 (Harunobu snow scene)
Description: This scene of a kimono-clad woman in the snow one of the most iconic images in the entire ukiyo-e tradition - is a creation of Suzuki Harunobu. The same design was issued a number of times, but seems to have originally been part of a series entitled ‘Fashionable Flowers of the Four Seasons’, of course representing winter. According to the iconography of the day, she also represents Sagi Musume, the Heron Maiden of legend.
Don’t miss the delicate embossing on this print - in the kimono pattern, the snow, and her hood. To see it properly, turn out any overhead lighting and hold the print where a raking light can fall gently over it. That is the way it would have been appreciated back in the pre-electric 'old days,' and you can experience a momentary 'time slip' as you enjoy the sensation of the blend of delicate pigments and wonderful Japanese washi.
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