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Ikuhide Kobayashi, Japanese
True View of Nihonbashi, December 1886
Ink on Paper
14 3/8 in. x 28 5/16 in. (36.51 cm x 71.91 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2006.1.33


Marks
Signed Ikuhide.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock print tryptch.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock print depicting the bustling scenery of Nihon-bashi Bridge on New Year's Day. The Firemen's group is showing off their acrobatic skills on a high ladder. The image includes Western style horse driven street cars, traditional rickshaws, gas lights as well as people wearing kimono and hats. The tall building of Mitsui Bank and the post office are seen on the background. A quite fascinating triptych depicting the curious mixtures of the new Western elements and the Japanese traditional elements which were very typical in the Meiji era.

Publisher
Akiyama Buemon.

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