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Title

Onna manyô keiko sôshi, vol.1 (incomplete)

1728

Artists

Nishikawa Sukenobu

Japan

1671 – 1750

Rinshi Ranjo

Japan

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Illustrated book of women's writing lessons
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Kyôho era 1716-1735 Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1728
    Media categories
    Book , Print
    Materials used
    woodblock printed books
    Dimensions
    26.0 x 18.3 x 0.8 cm
    Signature & date

    Dated l.r., cover "Kyôho 13 /1728". Not signed.

    Credit
    Gift of James Richardson 2002
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    317.2002.1
    Artist information
    Nishikawa Sukenobu

    Works in the collection

    3

    Artist information
    Rinshi Ranjo

    Works in the collection

    2

    Artist information
    Ogawa Hikokuro

    Works in the collection

    2

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  • About

    Nishikawa Sukenobu is considered the greatest early 'kamigata' (Kyoto-Osaka area as against Edo) 'ukiyo-e' artist, whose influence reached Edo, the main stage of the 'ukiyo-e' school. He had studied both the Kano and Tosa schools before developing his own 'ukiyo-e' in which, unlike the two ruling-class forms, he focuses on the ordinary people and their lives with 'equal enthusiasm for that of an empress' (Chibbett, 1977, 139).

    'Onna manyo keiko soshi' is a text book for letters at specific occasions for women in samurai households, written by a scribe working for twenty years. The text examples are laid out for use throughout the year, beginning from New Year's greetings to the end-of-the-year addresses. They also include those for special occasions such as sympathy letters for illness, death, fire and so on. Three examples are given for each occasion: a letter to a higher-ranking person, to an equal, and to a lower, indicated by symbols of cherry blossoms, maple leaf and bamboo leaves respectively.

    Both volumes together include five illustrations by the artist: one double-page and two single-page illustrations in vol.1; two single-page in vol.3. They are lively depictions of women in everyday activities that correspond to some of the occasions included in the text.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2002.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

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