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Catching Fireflies
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Catching Fireflies


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description On a plank bridge across an iris bog, two elegant young women catch fireflies in the heat of a summer evening. Their thin kimono and handheld fans convey the feeling of the humid night. Fireflies or lightning bugs have long been celebrated in Japanese literature and poetry. "First of the summer, from water lightning bugs' fire ignited anew" Ueda Gosengoku
Provenance Robert S. Shaull [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1990, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Gyokujo
Credit Bequest of Robert S. Shaull, 1990

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Period
ca. 1926-1955 (Showa)
Medium
ink and colors on silk
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
35.163
Measurements
H: 85 7/16 x W: 24 1/8 in. (217 x 61.3 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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