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Tōbukai: Ueno sakurabana kanyū no zu (Enjoying the Cherry Blossoms at Ueno Park: a Dance Party)
  • Toyohara Chikanobu
    1838–1912
    born: Takada, Echigo province (present-day Niigata prefecture), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Tōbukai: Ueno sakurabana kanyū no zu (Enjoying the Cherry Blossoms at Ueno Park: a Dance Party), 1887, 3rd month, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: a and c: 352.4 x 231.8 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: b: 352.4 x 228.6 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: a and c: 13 7/8 x 9 1/8 in
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: b: 13 7/8 x 9 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.324.a,b,c
Multimedia
Description

Triptych.
a: Right section. A woman, wearing blue robes with red and yellow trim. She holds a closed fan and is seated on a patio of yellow wood, carpeted in red with floral print. Behind her, at right, is part of another house with a gray roof. Beyond that, and to the left, is a green beach, a lake, a tree with pink blossoms, several gray buildings, and smaller trees. In the upper left is a branch with yellow and white blossoms. The sky is yellow, fading to white, and becoming bright blue at the top.

b: Center section. A woman stands at center, dressed in western clothing. She is wearing a floor length, long sleeved, lavender dress with a white print. She is holding a stringed instrument, wearing red and yellow flowers in her hair. She stands on a patterned red carpet. Behind her a large tree with yellow and white blossoms, green grass and bushes, a lake and some small gray buildings.

c: Left section. There is a woman seated at center, wearing a lavender robe with green floral print and red and yellow trim, a blue robe with white flowers at the bottom and a red undergarment. She holds a violin bow. She is standing on a red carpet with floral pattern. Behind her are three carpeted stairs which lead to an outdoor area where two musicians are performing and several people are dancing. Beyond them are trees, brown ground, and part of a few gray buildings. In the upper right is a branch with yellow and white blossoms.