Three women watching purple irises, with text from The Tale of Genji


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    Three ladies are looking at some purple iris growing in water. One lady is sitting and holding a fan and another, on the right, is putting her hand to her collar suggesting slightly hot weather with a sense of summer but it is still sometime chilly as the part of the inscription on the top reads kaze fukeba suzushikute (cooler with wind). The beautifully opened Iris probably refers to the season of the Ayame no settku (Iris Festival or tango no settku) in summer but the hagi (bush clover, one of seven grass of autumn) implies the coming of autumn.

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