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Cleaning away the Old Year, The twelfth Month,

Woodblock Print
1770-1775 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Ishikawa Toyomasa was a print designer who specialised in pictures of children. This print belongs to a series of twelve prints entitled ‘The Twelve Months’, which depicts children at play in each month of the calendar year.
It is still the custom in Japan, as in some other Asian cultures, to give the house a thorough clean in the last month of the year. In this way the past is put behind, in preparation for the new year. Any cleaning that might have been planned by these young boys has been forgotten as fun and frolics take centre stage.


object details
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Object Type
Additional TitleThe twelve Months of the Year (series title)
Materials and Techniques
colour print from wood blocks
Brief Description
Pap, Japan, prints
Style
Summary
Ishikawa Toyomasa was a print designer who specialised in pictures of children. This print belongs to a series of twelve prints entitled ‘The Twelve Months’, which depicts children at play in each month of the calendar year.

It is still the custom in Japan, as in some other Asian cultures, to give the house a thorough clean in the last month of the year. In this way the past is put behind, in preparation for the new year. Any cleaning that might have been planned by these young boys has been forgotten as fun and frolics take centre stage.
Collection
Accession Number
E.1435-1898

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record createdJune 25, 2009
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