Yang Guifei

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892

Valor in China and Japan: Yang Guifei
(Wakan goki-zoroi: Yokihi)

signed Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu, with publisher's seal Daisada (Osada), carver's seal Hori Ushi, and combined censor and date seal Tatsu-shi, aratame (year of the dragon [1868], 4th lunar month, examined)

chuban tate-e 9 7/8 by 7 1/8 in., 25.2 by 18.1 cm

The Chinese beauty Yang Guifei (Jp. Yokihi, 719-756) stands beside large peony flowers. She was one of the Four Beauties of Ancient China, and is thought to have been a favored consort of the Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685-762). Guifei was often said to be "prettier than a peony" and have a face which puts to shame even the most beautiful flower. Similarly, she was frequently depicted beside butterflies, often at grand parties on the grounds of the Imperial court.



Scholten Japanese Art is open Monday - Friday, and some Saturdays by appointment only

Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
to schedule a visit between 11am and 4pm preferably for no more than two individuals at a time.
Visitors are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing at their discretion.

site last updated
July 29, 2022

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
fx: (212) 585-0475