- Kawaguchiya Shōzō, Japanese, publisher
White eyes and snake gourds; Small bird and herbaceous peonies
Polychrome woodblock print
Image: 37.9 x 12.7 cm (14 15/16 x 5 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
[text and poems]
Shakuyaku ni/hatsuka no yoku ha/nakarikeri
Peony, don't you aim for twenty days? K 102 (34.271a,b)
Shakuyaku (paeonia lactiflora, Chinese peony) is an alternate for botan (paeonia suffruticosa). A Hatsukaso (20-day plant) is another name for peony; presumably they bloom up to twenty days. Botan is a metaphor for Yanguifei.
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
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