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Kaika-buri (The Gesture of Social Manners)
  • Kobayashi Kiyochika
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Tokyo, Japan ; active: Japan
  • Kaika-buri (The Gesture of Social Manners), 1895, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Shakai gentō Hyakusen hyakushō (Social Magic Lantern, One Hundred Collected Laughs)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 355 x 238 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 x 9 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 370 x 250 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0058

There is a short commentary in cartouche on the upper section of the print. In the lower section, a couple is walking a pig. The man has a long braid and wears Chinese clothes, but he also wears Japanese-style wooden clogs (geta), western-style top hat, and carries a walking stick. The woman wears Japanese clothes and clogs, but she carries a western-style parasol and holds the leash for the pig.