Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) Five Beauties, ca. 1805–13. Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk 86.4 x 34.3 cm,Seattle Art Museum, Margaret E. Fuller Purchase Fund, 56.246 In this luxury commission, Hokusai accommodates five figures in a single composition by arranging them vertically and connecting them with drapery. Hokusai arranges the women in an intriguing hierarchy. At the top, a woman in an elegant robe with iris-marsh motif, an allusion to the Heian-period Tales of Ise.
Chrysanthemum Festival. Main detail of hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, 1804-1818, Japan, by artist Utagawa Toyohiro.