A Woman Sweeping up Her Love Letters

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1725–1770
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
11 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. (28.3 x 21.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Accession Number:
JP2779
Not on view
A beautiful woman holding a broom looks back at baskets full of love letters borne by an ox. Harunobu's image alludes to the popular Chinese legend of Kanzan (Hanshan) and his companion Jittoku (Shede) from the Tang dynasty (618–907). Kanzan and Jittoku were typically depicted as a pair: the former holds a sutra and the latter a broom.
Signature: None
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).