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Viewing the Moon from a Boat

Size: 29.0cm by 21.5cm (11.42 in by 8.46 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Suzuki Harunobu

Era: Mid Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 9,000$ 76.00£ 60.75€ 70.50

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Description: This print depicts a boat on the Sumida River near the Mimeguri shrine, the tori door is shown in the background. A courtesan is standing outside on the deck looking at the moon which is at the upper right corner of the scene. Her head is slightly turned to the right taking her hand softly towards her neck and holding a long pipe with her other hand.

The other women are inside the boat, and one of them is playing a shamisen, even though we can't see her head, we can perceive the delicacy of the lines that design her hand which grasps with elegance the musical instrument. The other one is enjoying the ride by admiring the landscape.

There is a poem written in the upper part of the print by Abe no Nakamaro, a Japanese envoy to the Chinese court in the eighth century. It is about his homesickness for Japan.

There are some black spots at the lower part of this print.

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