The Burke Collection
Young Woman with a Book
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Ishikawa Toyonobu

(石川豊信; 1711–1785)

Catalogue information

Edo period

Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper

83.2 x 21.7 cm (32 3/4 x 8 1/2 in.)

Donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in 2015

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by Toyonobu

Chapter 21 of Kairoku [Ch. Hailu] / In Auspicious Signs by the author Sun, it says, “When the Yellow Emperor arrived at the shore of the Eastern Sea during his inspections and hunting tour, the White Beast appeared. It could take and commune with myriad creatures in the world. It bewildered people, which made it a pest at the time. It appeared with the rise of virtuous sage-kings. The White Beast, which fends off evil spirits, is an auspicious sign between heaven and earth.” / In Chapter 29 is a picture of the White Beast fending off evil spirits.


Painted by Toyonohu


Ishikawashi; Toyonobu