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Standing Beauty

A work made of hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper.




Artist unknown
Japanese, active 17th century

About this artwork

In this idealized depiction, a beautiful woman with a confident expression holds her kimono as she strides with purpose. The bold print of her garment—which features designs of large flowers, waves, and a square water-well motif near the bottom—was the height of fashion during the mid-17 th century. At this time, many paintings of individual beauties with blank backgrounds were produced for an eager urban market.


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Arts of Asia


Standing Beauty


Japan (Artist's nationality)

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Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper


66.0 × 27.0 cm (26 × 10 5/8 in.), including mount and knobs: 145.8 × 39.6 cm (57 7/16 × 15 5/8 in.)

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Frederick W. and Nathalie C. Gookin Endowment

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