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Stand like a peony
© Haruyo

1000: Stand like a peony (Haruyo)

The title is part of an old saying, which describes the perfect female figure: "Stand like a shakuyaku, sit like a botan, and walk like a lily." This does not work very well in English, because the first two are both varieties of peony: shakuyaku is Paeonia lactiflora, or the common garden peony, and botan is Paeonia suffruticosa, or the Chinese tree peony. But Haruyo makes everything clear: not only with the floral kimono, but also by surrounding the figure with a mass of peony blooms.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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Discontinued May 2020
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11538 (11-538 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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