Edo Customs of the 12 Months: Tenth Month, Wealthy Merchants Celebrating Ebisu, 1889?
Ink on Paper
14 1/4 in. x 27 5/8 in. (36.2 cm x 70.17 cm)
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”
Colored ink woodblock on off-white paper (oban tate-e).
In the 10th month, from the 9th to 11th, the Kompira Festival is held at the Kotohiragu Shrine dedicated to the guardian deities of mariners, and later on the 19th day special celebrations in Nihonbashi are held for Ebisu, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune and a protector of fishermen. In the lower right corner of this print, an enormous sea bream is being offered at an altar to Ebisu, where large white mochi (pounded rice) cakes are stacked before a statue of the deity.
Elsewhere in this two story restaurant clients seem to be having parties: a rather staid group at left sits stiffly in front of black lacquered trays containing bowls of food while at right the shadows on the shoji screens suggest wild dancing. In the center room upstairs a sumo wrestler tips up an enormous red sake cup.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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