Kyoto or Osaka, Edo period (18th century) The tall figure showing gently smiling as he holds a flower blossom to his cheek, the flower vase in his right hand held next to his hip, his long tunic set off with an under robe decorated with wisteria bands and a mantle decorated with stylized dragons, his hair dressed in curls piled on the top of his head 5 3/8in (13.7cm) high
Provenance: previously sold Sotheby's, New York, September 25, 1997, lot 324
This elegant figure, standing slightly contrapposto and with a youthful almost feminine appearance, sports a most unusual head of hair. It is amusing to conjecture whether this subject was intend to be an exotic foreigner, or perhaps a woman in costume.
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