Ono no Komachi, c. 1843-1846

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This fan print is from a series by Utagawa Hiroshige inspired by poems composed by renowned poetesses. It shows the ninth-century court lady and a legendary beauty, Ono no Komachi sitting in her elegantly appointed room at night, suggested by the darkness outside and presence of an oil lamp. Hiroshige depicts her composing the following poem (inscribed in the red cartouche on the print):

Because I fell asleep thinking of you,
I dreamed of you.
If I knew it was a dream,
I would have never woken from it.

Ono no Komachi
Artist Life
1797 - 1858
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Sakai 1981, p. 231, uchiwa-e no. 27
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