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Umbrella Give Away
  • Toyohara Chikanobu
    born: Takada, Echigo province (present-day Niigata prefecture), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Umbrella Give Away, 1897, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Chiyoda Outer Palace
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: a 355 x 233 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: a 14 x 9 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: a 355 x 233 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: a 14 x 9 1/8 in
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: b 355 x 237 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: b 14 x 9 5/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: b 355 x 237 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: b 14 x 9 5/16 in
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: c 355 x 235 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: c 14 x 9 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: c 355 x 235 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: c 14 x 9 1/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 36 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0054.a,b,c

Color triptych depicts a continuing scene outside a palace compound. Image is separated into foreground and background by cloud patterns in light yellow color.

Left (a.) The roof of a building and the large tobinoo (architecture elements in the two tops of the gable roof) in the shape of a mystical fish occupies the left side of the foreground, there are gathering crowds in the right side of the foreground. Another building in muted colors is depicted in the background.

Center (b.) Men fight over piles of umbrellas. Several figures standing in the foreground carry swords. They are checking paperwork (the registry) and trying to control order. The background is an open space

Right (c). Men who already have umbrellas are leaving. One man in the front pushes another down. Another building in muted colors is in the background.