A large and impressive okimono depicting a serenely sleeping bijin (beauty), her head rested on a basket. The girl has fallen asleep after a harvest and she is in a deep slumber. The artist has mastered both her exhaustion and beauty impeccably – a delicate balance of subtle nuances. Her wrist bends over the edge of the basket, her mouth is slightly opened, and her expression is sunken. Her facial features are crafted sensitively, showing her sublime beauty, and one wonders what she might be dreaming. The garment folds are carved incredibly well, almost coming to life. Her hair is incised precisely and tied up at the back. One striking detail is the sandals she is wearing, one of them gently coming off her extended foot. The shape of the okimono is elegant, further underlining her beauty. An exceptional masterpiece from the Tokyo school. The base with two floral mon and the signature in sosho RYUKO.
LENGTH 18.6 cm
Condition: Excellent condition, expected minor age cracks.
Provenance: British collection.