Harunobu’s Jealous Geisha with Snowball
Marijn Kruijff
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Harunobu's Jealous Geisha with Snowball

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A masterful image in which Harunobu seizes a moment of climactic tension when a jealous woman who spies on two lovers prepares to ruin their joy by slinging a snowball through the window.


We can assume that she is a geisha and the man is a regular client who is betraying their relationship by having an affair with her young apprentice.

Textured Effect

Snow lies heavily on the bamboo outside the building, given a textured effect by a special printing technique. There is also a ‘purified’ version that does not show the genitals and the man.

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Lovers during the winter‘ (c.1768) by Suzuki Harunobu (d.1770) (source: British Museum)

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Another impression

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