Young Samurai with Hawk on His Wrist, c. 1767-1768

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Training predatory birds for hunting was a significant pastime of the Japanese aristocracy and a favorite painting subject. Master falconers (takajō) received a special rank within the samurai hierarchy during the Edo period (1603-1868). In this visual parody, Suzuki Harunobu depicts a falconer as an urban dandy (wakashu) with elegant green jacket, purple-and-pink striped kimono, and red-and-white striped sash. The raptor is probably a Northern Goshawk.

Young Samurai with Hawk on His Wrist
Artist Life
1725 - 1770
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
K1030, Ukiyo-e shūka 4 (1979), list #770
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