Aimai-no-bi (Ambiguous Beauty)

Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese, born 1951



Printed fan in Paulownia wood box


Overall: 11 1/2 × 1 9/16 × 1 in. (29.2 × 4 × 2.6 cm)

Case: 12 13/16 × 12 13/16 × 1 3/8 in. (32.5 × 32.5 × 3.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Trevor Fairbrother and John T. Kirk

Aimai-no-bi (Ambiguous Beauty) © 1995 Yasumasa Morimura. All rights reserved.



Place Made: Japan, East Asia, Asia


20th century

Object Name

Mixed Media

Research Area

Mixed Media

Not on view


Inscribed, in ink or printed, top of box, slightly off center: [not English]; on reverse: signed, within the matrix; Morimura

Course History

WGSS 10.01, Sex, Gender, and Society, Douglas Moody, Fall 2019

WGSS 10.02, Sex, Gender, and Society, Kristen O'Rourke, Fall 2019

WGSS 10.03, Sex, Gender, and Society, Jenn Sargent, Fall 2019

WGSS 10.04, Sex, Gender, and Society, Susan Brison, Fall 2019

Exhibition History

"Collecting and Sharing: Trevor Fairbrother, John T. Kirk, and the Hood Museum of Art", Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 22-December 6, 2015.

Publication History

Collecting and Sharing: Trevor Fairbrother, John T. Kirk, and the Hood Museum of Art, with contributions by Katherine Hart, Michael R. Taylor, John O'Reilly and James Tellin, Trevor Fairbrother and John T. Kirk, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2015, p.100-101, no. 58.

Published References

Guy Trebay, "Is that for Me?" Village Voice, December 19, 1995, p. 20.


Peter Norton Family Christmas Project; given to Trevor J. Fairbrother, Christmas 1995; collection of John T. Kirk and Trevor J. Fairbrother, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 1995; given to present collection, 2010.

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