Chinese Beauty

Accession Number

Chinese Beauty

Maruyama Ōshin

Object Creation Date
1st half of 18th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and light color on paper

47 3/16 in x 21 7/8 in (119.86 cm x 55.56 cm);3 in x 30 5/16 in x 3 3/8 in (7.62 cm x 76.99 cm x 8.57 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Subject matter
Maruyama Oshin is known for being part of the Maruyama-shijo school which focused on naturalistic painting. Chinese art heavily influenced much of Japanese art and it could be said the subject matter could be attributed to such influence. The woman is of higher status due to her ability to read, dress, and hair. 

Physical Description
This hanging scroll depicts a woman seated at a stool leaning over a table. Centered to the right side of the scroll, the woman leans over a book and appears to be in the process of turning the page. She is wearing a multilayered robe. The outermost layer is lined with a blue design. There is an inscription on the bottom right of the page to the left of a leg of the table. Directly following the black ink signature is a red seal. 

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
figure painting

Collection Area

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2 Related Resources

Ink and Realisms
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)

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