Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
11 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. (28.3 x 21.6 cm)
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).