Good Fortune / Great Beauty
[Image: "Sumo match (detail)" pair of six-fold screens, Edo period [Part I]]
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Since ancient times in Japan, auspicious motifs have been used for special occasions, seasonal holidays and in daily life as wishes for good fortune. “Fortune” is the theme of this season’s exhibition, along with “Beauty,” as variously depicted in pictures of scenery, flora and fauna and people. The featured works include representations of Yang Guifei, Xi Shi and Wang Zhaojun, three of the so-called “Four Great Beauties” of China, and motifs such as pine, bamboo, plum, crane, tortoise and the rising sun that are used as symbols of longevity, fertility and wealth.