photographed 11/18/2020
photographed 11/18/2020

Chrysanthemum Boy

Kano Tsunenobu (Japanese, 1636 – 1713)
late 17th-early 18th century
Ink, color on paper
Image : 36 x 14 1/2 in. (91.44 x 36.83 cm)
Work : 49 x 16 in. (1.2 m x 40.64 cm)
Frame : 54 3/8 x 21 1/2 in. (1.4 m x 54.61 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
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The Chrysanthemum Boy is a character from 17th and 18th century Japanese popular literature, visual art and drama. He may have been based on a Chinese myth about a boy who was exiled from the imperial court to a mountain wilderness, where he survived and achieved eternal youth by drinking dew from chrysanthemum blossoms. In Japanese culture, the Chrysanthemum Boy was regarded as the epitome of youthful male beauty and gracefulness and he often appeared in art forms directed at urban elite audiences. The image was painted by Kano Tsunenobu, a member of the prominent Kano family who served as court artists to the feudal aristocracy of Japan from the 15th to the 19th centuries.

Object Type
Academic Themes
Beauty and the Body