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    Maple Leaf Viewing

    • Artist: Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1724-1770
    • Medium: Woodblock color print
    • Dates: ca. 1769
    • Period: Edo period
    • Dimensions: 11 x 8 3/16 in. (28 x 20.8 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: "Harunobu" lower left of comp.
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 39.568
    • Credit Line: Gift of Louis V. Ledoux
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1724-1770). Maple Leaf Viewing, ca. 1769. Woodblock color print, 11 x 8 3/16 in. (28 x 20.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Louis V. Ledoux, 39.568
    • Image: overall, 39.568_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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