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Xuan Zong and Yang Guifei


Artist By Suzuki Harunobu
Period Edo period, 18th century
Materials and techniques Hanging scroll, colour on silk
Size 44.6×64.8


Harunobu is famous for completing multi-colored nishiki-e woodblock prints during the Meiwa era (1764-71). This is an interesting work that depicts the theme of Emperor Xuanzong and Lady Yang in a Chinese setting, and not in parody of a contemporary setting which was Harunobu’s forte. The detailed description and elegant color schemes attest to the artist’s outstanding qualities.

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