Beauty catching a Firefly in Summer


Taisho period (1912-1926), About 1920

In popular Japanese beliefs fireflies are thought to represent the souls of the departed, especially soldiers and civilians killed in war. Their fleeting existence in early summer is a time for remembrance.

  • Titles Beauty catching a Firefly in Summer (Proper)
  • Artist Japan
  • Medium ink and color on paper
  • Dimensions 9 × 9 3/4 in. (22.9 × 24.8 cm)
  • Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Dr. Roy T. Ward, AFI.175.2013
  • Work Type woodblock print
  • Classification Prints