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Title

Scene on the Sumida River

1880

Artist

Toyohara (Yōshū) Chikanobu

Japan

1838 – 1912

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Date
    1880
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    triptych; colour woodblock print
    Dimensions
    35.8 x 76.5 cm overall
    Credit
    Gift of Craig Westgate in memory of his grandmother Freda Thomas 2019
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    152.2019.a-c
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Toyohara (Yōshū) Chikanobu

    Works in the collection

    11

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  • About

    This print portrays the popular genre in Japanese prints of women’s pastimes. The game being played is known as 'Kyokusui no utage' or ‘winding stream party’ and is said to have first been played by the nobility during the Heian period (794-1185). It combined the drinking of sake and the writing of waka (31 syllable poetry). Light lacquerware cups would be filled with sake and floated on water. In the time it took for the cup to float down the stream, a waka poem would have to be written. Once the cup arrived, writing would cease and a drink taken. Mentioned in 'The Pillow Book' by Sei Shōnagon completed in 1002, the game was portrayed as a pleasurable pastime. In this work boatloads of beauties in Heian style attire play the game along the river during cherry blossom season.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

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