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A lady with a cup of tea

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nishiki-e, vegetable pigments

  • nishiki-e

    Nishiki-e literally means 'brocade pictures' and refers to multi-coloured woodblock prints.

  • vegetable pigments

    Vegetable pigments were used to create coloured dyes for Japanese prints, paintings, and textiles. These pigments often faded over time due to the chemical reactions they underwent.


    • currently in research collection

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  • Beauties of the Four Seasons by Mitsuko Watanabe

    Beauties of the Four Seasons

    Bust Portrait. A girl in a pink kimono is looking to her right holding a cup with chrysanthemum pattern in her right hand. The motif Misokoshi-gōshi (basket check style) of pink check contrasting with a brown stripe was chic in the Edo period. She is probably waiting for her tea to cool down while she demonstrates strong emotion as detected from her pursed mouth and her dishevelled hair. Having hot tea and putting her left hand inside her kimono perhaps implies it is late autumn or early winter.

    The colours in this print have faded slightly.

    This appears to be the only recorded copy of this print. The cup was originally blue and white.

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