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Misen, Michi, Shizu (dressed as seamen)
  • Kitagawa Utamaro
    1754–1806
    active: Japan
  • Misen, Michi, Shizu (dressed as seamen), mid 1790s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Seirō Niwaka Hana no Minato (Niwaka Festival of the Green Houses, Port of Flowers)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 344 x 220 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 1/2 x 8 5/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 344 x 222 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 1/2 x 8 3/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7877
Description

The Niwaka festival with float depicting whalers. Three women from pleasure quarters dressed up as seamen with harpoons in hand. At top tanzaku with names of courtesans. The banner at center with printing "Ichi no uri", meaning is unclear. At top left inscription, "Gonin otoko tsuzuki kyōjen."