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Rinjisai ibazu (The Temporary Enshrinement of the Horse)
  • Takashima Chiharu
    1776–1859
    active: Japan
  • Rinjisai ibazu (The Temporary Enshrinement of the Horse), late 1820s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 229 x 307 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 9 x 12 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 249 x 353 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7585
Description
Literature

Standing figure of man in Heian garb, holding reins of white horse. Figure wears elaborate costume, stands at center of composition. Horse outfitted with decorative saddle and other accutrements. Structure at top left corner with bamboo growing inside. Vibrant colors include blue, green, red, black, yellow, and purple.

Nobleman in Heian garb, holding the reins of a white horse and presenting it to the Emperor during the souma no sechie observances at New Year in Kyoto. From a poetry anthology, perhaps Yomo no Haru, Spring in the Four Directions, published around 1828.

Possibly from the Hassaku no umashinken ceremony, held annually on the first day of the 8th month at the Kyoto Imperial Palace. In thsi ceremony tribute horses from the shogunate to the court are presented.