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Toyohara Chikayoshi, Japanese
The Emperor and Empress, February 1880
Ink on Paper
13 7/16 in. x 28 3/16 in. (34.13 cm x 71.6 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2005.1.17

Alternate Title: Tenran ei no maiko

Fine colors. Fine impressions with gauffrage.

Six characters in black in the upper right, cartouche in the lower center of the right panel.

Colored ink woodblock print; oban triptych.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock triptych depicting the Emperor and Empress on a bridge above female musicians. Two shirabyoshi dancers are on the stage wearing 'twelve layer' kimono and dancing to the accompanyment of Heian period court music, performed by female musicians. The musicians face toward the dancers with their backs turned toward the viewing bridge, and many of the court ladies in the background appear to be more engaged in gossip and serving duties than in the performance.

Yamamura Kinzaburo

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