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Origami (Paper folding)
  • Miyagawa Shuntei
    active: Japan
  • Origami (Paper folding), late 1896, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Kodomo fū zoku (Children's Pastimes)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 305 x 211 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 x 8 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 371 x 251 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 5/8 x 9 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1639

Color print of three children seated in an interior and folding paper for origami. Older girl folds a crane, and shows to younger girl, who reaches out for it. Another girl folds hats. Papers, scissors and black box with supplies sit on floor in front of girls. There is a boy seated outside, behind the girls, with his back turned to them, watching a butterfly. A landscape of trees and water is visible through the large windows behind the children. Silvered details. Urushi (laquer) on black box.