Komuso (Strolling Flute Player)Artist(s)Suzuki HarunobuObject Creation Datecirca 1745-1770Medium & Supportcolor woodblock print on paper, hashira-e sizeDimensions
36 in. x 8 in. ( 91.4 cm x 20.3 cm )Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
This is a portrait of a typical eighteenth century Japanese dandy who would have loafed and frequented the entertainment district. The bamboo instrument in his left hand is called a "shakuhachi", a vertical flute to be played to charm the courtesans. The tall hat in his right hand would be useful for hiding his face to avoid being recognized. In addition to the fancy lacquered wooden slippers, his robe and accessories are all fashionable products of the time.Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printCollection AreaAsianRights
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