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women playing shakuhachi
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    1786–1864
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • women playing shakuhachi, circa 1844, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • (Selection of Pictures; 100 Poems)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 x 36 in matted with .7622 and .7628
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7623
Description

Vertical composition of woman playing the shakuhachi. Woman stands against a plain background, dressed in elaborate kimono and obi, holding the shakuhachi in her hand. A case sits at her feet in the bottom right corner of the image. Upper right quadrant, a handscroll with text is set into background. Upper left corner, a raised platform is visible, and two rectangular set in areas, one with text, one with a man and text. Text and seal at lower left.