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Silencing a Rooster with Sake by Suzuki Harunobu

Silencing a Rooster with Sake
by Suzuki Harunobu

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Sheet Size: 27 by 20.3 cm


Condition: Excellent


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A girl wearing a furisode decorated with snow-covered pine branches holds a rooster as a wakashu (young man who has not yet shaved his pate indicating his passing into adulthood) offers the fowl a cup of sake. The lovers are trying to innebriate the bird so that he will sleep through the dawn and thus prolong the night and their time together.

Yoshida Teruji, Harunobu gashu (Harunobu’s Complete Works), 1942, p. 91, pl. 307
Margaret O. Gentles, The Clarence Buckingham Collection, Volume II, Art Institute of Chicago, 1965, p. 76, no. 122, accession no. 25.2097 (descriptive title: Delaying the Announcement of Dawn)
Ukiyo-e shuka 4, 1979, list no. 592
Michi Akagi, Handsome Boys and Good-Looking Men of Edo (Edo no bidanshi), 2013, p. 52, no. 39
David Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2013, Vol. I, p. 178, cat. no. 276 (Ex. Spaulding Collectionn accession no. 21.4382)
Minneapolis Institute of Art, accession no. 74.1.93 (Ex. Gale Collection; descriptive title: Lovers Plying a Rooster with Sake)

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