Yanagawa Shigenobu II: Surimono of a Beauty Holding a Helmet
Artist: Yanagawa Shigenobu II
Title: Beauty Holding a Helmet
Series: A Flower Competition (Hana awase)
Date: ca. 1830
This is Round Seven: Nushi aru hana (The Flower who has a master), from the series “A Flower Competition”. An elegant kneeling beauty holds a helmet, two others on the ground before her. As she wears the elaborate hair ornament known as a ryôten she may be a princess. Flowers decorate her formal outer robe. Three poems are signed Kakumu Yamamori, Masanoya Nedaka and Ryuhosha Seifu.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Extensive silver, gold and embossing embellishments.
Literature: See John Carpenter’s “Reading Surimono” page 356 for two other prints from this series. There is an example of this work in the Rijksmuseum, but this is superior in condition.
Seal: Artist’s seal Yanagawa
Signature: Yanagawa Shigenobu