The Third Princess with her Cat
(Nyosan no miya, Neko)
signed Komai Yoshinobu ga, ca. 1765-69
chuban tate-e 10 1/4 by 7 5/8 in., 26 by 19.3 cm
The subject is a parody of the Third Princess (Nyosan no miya) from a scene in The Tale of Genji in which Genji catches a glimpse of the princess when her playful cat scampers out onto a verandah thereby pushing the privacy bamboo blinds open to briefly reveal the young beauty.
There is scant biographical information on Komai Yoshinobu, who was a contemporary and perhaps follower of Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770). Harunobu produced a similar composition of the Third Princess in ca. 1767-68, impressions of which are in the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art (21737), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (JP1638) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (11.19508).
Ritsumeikan University, accession no. Z0165-185
(inv. no. 10-5068)
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