Mitate (Parody) of Kikujido (Immortal child)

Organization control number
A-10569-73
Cultural property designation
Important Art Object
Classification
Painting
Author
By Suzuki Harunobu (1725?-70)
Era century
Edo period, 18th century
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
The boy known as Kikujido (lit. “Chrysanthemum Child”) became immortal when he drank chrysanthemum dew in an otherworldly realm deep in the mountains. His story, portrayed in a Noh play, was widely known in Japan. As an allusion to the story, this print depicts a contemporary Japanese girl as though she were Kikujido, surrounded by chrysanthemums and holding one in her hands, breaking its stem. The soft colors contribute to the dreamlike atmosphere evoked in this scene.(20160830_h10-2)