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Beauty at the Mimeguri Shrine

A work made of hanging scroll; ink, colors and gold pigment on silk.
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  • A work made of hanging scroll; ink, colors and gold pigment on silk.


Edo period, Bunka era c. 1804/18


Utagawa Toyohiro
Japanese, 1773-1828

About this artwork

This fashionable woman is enjoying a cool evening by the Mimeguri Shrine, located on an embankment of the Sumida River, which flows through central Tokyo. Her clothing advertises her sophistication: a chic lightweight black kimono that reveals the colors of her robes underneath, with a complementary obi (sash). Toyohiro was a second-generation artist of the Utagawa School, the most prominent painters of ukiyo-e, or “floating world” pictures. The phrase “floating world” describes a way of life in premodern Japanese cities (17th–19th centuries) that celebrated enjoyment in fleeting pleasures such as art, beauty, and fashion.


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Utagawa Toyohiro


Beauty at the Mimeguri Shrine






Hanging scroll; ink, colors and gold pigment on silk


70.5 x 26.5 cm (27 3/4 x 10 7/16 in.); w/ mounting: 158.1 x 37.2 cm (62 1/4 x 14 5/8 in.); width including lower roller: 42.6 cm (16 3/4 in.)

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Gift of Margaret Gentles

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