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Shirasuka (Shirasuka Station)
  • Keisai Eisen
    1790–1848
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Shirasuka (Shirasuka Station), circa 1843–1847, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • untitled series of women matched with stations of the Tōkaidō Road
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 362 x 251 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 1/4 x 9 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 362 x 251 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 1/4 x 9 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Mrs. Arthur S. Johnson (The May Finney Marcy Collection)
  • Not on display
  • 1964.0043
Description
Literature

Depiction of Shirasuka woman tucking up her sleeves before doing laundry. The scene in the background shows the way station at the town of Shirasuka. Travelers get papers checked at checking station. Pack horses and porters handle luggage. Perhaps the most intersting of the many sets of pictures of women matched with stations on the Tokaido Road. The emblem on the woman's sash is the seal script form of the character Tsuta, the first word in the name of the publisher.