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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:

    E.11466:1to:3-1886

  • 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)

Date

ca. 1840 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Categories

Prints

Collection

East Asia Collection

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