Beauty Looking Back

Hishikawa MoronobuEdo period, 17th century

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo, Japan

This shows a beautiful woman wearing a red garment, and caught in the moment of looking back. Hailing from Boyo, part of modern-day Chiba Prefecture, Moronobu was originally skilled at nuihaku, a method of combining embroidery and metallic leaf, to create detailed and vivid garments. Moronobu was admired for his beauty paintings, which were said to represent the true Edo (Tokyo) women. This painting's signature Yuchiku, was the nom de plume Moronobu used in his later years.


  • Title: Beauty Looking Back
  • Creator: Hishikawa Moronobu
  • Date Created: Edo period, 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w31.2 x h63 cm
  • Object Title: 見返り美人図
  • Object Notes(Japanese): 緋色の衣裳をまとった美人がふと見返る一瞬を描いている。縫箔師であった師宣の描く艶やかな衣装の女性像は「師宣の美女こそ江戸女」と賞賛され人気を博した。落款の「房陽」は出身地房州(千葉)、「友竹」は晩年の雅号である。
  • Object Date: 江戸時代・17世紀
  • Medium(Japanese): 絹本着色
  • Artitst Name: 菱川師宣筆
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_collection/index.php?controller=dtl&colid=A60
  • Medium: Color on silk

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