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Woodblock print - The Niwaka Festival in the Yoshiwara
  • The Niwaka Festival in the Yoshiwara
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861
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The Niwaka Festival in the Yoshiwara

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1852 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from wood blocks, on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.12123-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Japanese woodblock prints were commercial productions made for popular consumption. They were made by artists, block cutters and printers working independently to the instructions of specialist publishers. Fan prints like this were mounted on rigid bamboo frames and sold in large numbers during Japan's hot and humid summer.

This print depicts a scene from the Niwaka Festival in the Yoshiwara, the main pleasure quarter in Edo (modern Tokyo). It was a separate district with its own gates and contained numerous teahouses and brothels frequented by wealthy townspeople during their leisure hours.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1850-1852 (made)

Artist/maker

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from wood blocks, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 235 mm, Width: 298 mm, Height: 234 mm of image, Width: 291 mm of image

Subjects depicted

Fans (costume accessories); Lanterns (lighting devices)

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

East Asia Collection

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