Suzuki Harunobu, Spying on a Young Couple

Suzuki Harunobu, ca. 1724-1770

Spying on a Young Couple

from an untitled series; a young girl holding scissors is interrupted from making origami by her lover; another girl (possibly her sister) peeps from behind a shoji panel opening to a verandah, the display of Hina dolls to the left indicate it is Hinamatsuri, the Girls' Day festival, celebrated on the 3rd day of the 3rd month, ca. 1768

chuban yoko-e 8 1/8 by 11 1/4 in., 20.7 by 28.5 cm

This impression published:
Klompmakers, Japanese Erotic Prints, 2001, p. 19, fig. 3
Uhlenbeck and Winkel, Japanese Erotic Fantasies, 2005, p. 92, no. 16

Hayashi and Lane (eds.), The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga, no. 21, Harunobu, 1998, pl. 17
Shirakura, Eiri shunga ehon mokuroku, 2007, p. 228



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