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Woodblock print - Women's perceptions: stretching
  • Women's perceptions: stretching
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861
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Women's perceptions: stretching

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from woodblocks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 13 []

This tryptich by Utagawa Kuniyoshi shows four women making stencil-dyed cloth. Two are washing fabric, while the other two are using pointed bamboo splints to tension fabric as it is stretched out from a tree to dry. On the right a child plays a game of pick-up-sticks with the bamboo. It was common for Japanese print artists to show beautiful women engaged in various trades, but in fact dyeing was always a male profession.

Physical description

Print triptych depicting four women and a child making stencil-dyed cloth.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


ca. 1840 (made)


Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from woodblocks

Descriptive line

Pap, Japan, prints

Pap, Japan, prints

Pap, Japan, prints


Colour woodblock print




East Asia Collection

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