Important Cultural Property

Three Beauties Representing Snow, the Moon and Cherry Blossoms


Artist By Katsukawa Shunsho
Period Edo period, 18th century
Materials and techniques Set of three hanging scrolls, colour on silk
Size 93.0×32.3 each


The work superimposes the three hanging scrolls ---snow, moon and flower--- onto the dynasty’s three talented beauties; Sei-shōnagon, Murasaki-shikibu and Ono-no-komachi. Then it transforms them into contemporary women’s manners. It is said that Sunshō specialized in painting beauties at the request of the nobility and the rich during the Tenmei era (1781-88), and this triptych work is probably also from that period.

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