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Divers at Ise Cutting Abalone
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    1786–1864
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Divers at Ise Cutting Abalone, 1860, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: each: 368.3 x 254 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: each: 14 1/2 x 10 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 36 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.258.a,b,c
Description

Triptych.
a: Right section. Lady in gray-blue and red, kneels at lower left, holding a black box and facing left. At right a boat is being pulled ashore by a female and a child. A woman with a red skirt in the center, carries a bundle of shells. The shore is gray and the sky is blue.

b: Center section. Man in blue robes with a blue hat, stands at right, holding a yellow and white fan in his right hand and a pipe in his left. At left a diver with a red shirt is seated on a man, opening clams with a knife. The shore is gray and the rocks are green.

c: Left section. Two women sit on a mat. Both are half naked. The one on the left is in a blue skirt and the one in the center is in red. The left woman is cutting a clam into long strips. The other woman is holding up a bundle and putting them in a green basket. There are two green baskets at left and a yellow wooden tub at right. In the center ground is blue-gray sand. At left a child in blue is rolling a mat laid out with strips of clams on it, a wooden tub and green basket at her side.