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Title

Rain of the fifth month

late 1760s-1770

Artist

Suzuki Harunobu

Japan

1725 - 1770

  • Details

    Other Title
    Three girls in the rain
    Alternative title
    Fûzoku shiki kasen: Samidare
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    late 1760s-1770
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    27.3 x 22.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Suzuki Harunobu ga [picture by Harunobu]".
    Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1951
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    8581
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Suzuki Harunobu

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  • About

    In most parts of Japan, the fifth month (present day June by the Gregorian calendar) brings lengthy rainy days. Although the rain is necessary for healthy growth of the rice crop, combined with pre-summer warmth it can cause health hazards and dampen spirit for the urban population of Edo.
    The poem reads: "The downpour ceases from time to time, but the sky is never seen clear of the summer rain clouds" (Furisusabu/ todae wa aredo/ samidare no/ kumo wa harema mo/ mienu sora kana) - translation by Jack Hillier 1970.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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