Harunobu, Beautiful Women of the Yoshiwara, Applying makeup (MFA 2006.1537.1, Volume 5)

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Woodblock print information

Vol 5 seated applying makeup TMS.png

Ehon (illustrated book)

Yoshiwara bijin awase (The Beautiful Women of the Yoshiwara)

吉原美人合 (絵本青楼美人合) 吉原美人合 (絵本青楼美人合)

Artist: Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770 鈴木春信

Image of seated woman applying makeup from volume 5

Japanese, Edo period, 1770 (Meiwa 7)

Woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper; 26.0 x 18.9 cm (ôhon)

Collection: Asia, Prints and Drawings, MFA 2006.1537.1-5

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection


Analysis point Results
Pt 1 yellow platter turmeric, orpiment
Pt 2 green robe orpiment, indigo
Pt 3 light green obi flavonoid, dayflower
Pt 4 purple lining safflower, dayflower
Pt 5 red robe madder
Pt 6 white lining trace of lead