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Not currently on display at the V&A

First Sunrise of the New Year

Woodblock Print
ca 1794 (Made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Images known as ukiyo-e (‘pictures of the floating world’) were immensely popular during the Edo period (1615–1868). Produced in very large numbers, they reflected a world that celebrated hedonism, consumerism and living for the moment. Depictions of beautiful women abounded, especially the glamorous and trend-setting courtesans of Japan’s major cities.


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Additional TitleBeauties in the Four Seasons (series title)
Dimensions
  • Width: 9.625in
Gallery Label
Beautiful Women Images known as ukiyo-e (‘pictures of the floating world’) were immensely popular during the Edo period (1615–1868). Produced in very large numbers, they reflected a world that celebrated hedonism, consumerism and living for the moment. Depictions of beautiful women abounded, especially the glamorous and trend-setting courtesans of Japan’s major cities. These five prints by leading artists show some of the variations in hair-style and kimono design of the time. (18/09/2015)
Summary
Images known as ukiyo-e (‘pictures of the floating world’) were immensely popular during the Edo period (1615–1868). Produced in very large numbers, they reflected a world that celebrated hedonism, consumerism and living for the moment. Depictions of beautiful women abounded, especially the glamorous and trend-setting courtesans of Japan’s major cities.
Collection
Accession Number
E.3774-1953

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record createdJanuary 4, 2007
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