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Not currently on display at the V&A
On short term loan out for exhibition

Woodblock Print

1847-1852 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This three-sheet print designed by Utagawa Kunisada I depicts a woman at her toilet. She sits before an eleborate lacquer cosmetic box and, while drying her face, looks at fabric samples being shown to her by another woman, probably a merchant's representative. On the left an attendant is hanging kimono over a rack. This was done to air the garments, but also created an attractive display.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks on paper
Brief Description
Pap, Japan, prints
Physical Description
The right sheet from a tryptich, this print displays a woman showing fabric samples. She is probably the representative of a merchant. On the floor beside her are wrapped samples and a box bearing the shop logo.
Dimensions
  • Height: 36.4cm
  • Width: 24.6cm
Styles
Gallery Label
A woman is sitting in front of a mirror, the stand for which holds make-up brushes and combs. She is in a yukata, an informal cotton garment, and her bedding is piled up behind her. As she wipes her face, one attendant shows her fabrics that have arrived from Daimaruya, the kimono shop’s crest visible on the packaging. Another is choosing kimono from a rack where garments have been airing. (29/2/2020)
Summary
This three-sheet print designed by Utagawa Kunisada I depicts a woman at her toilet. She sits before an eleborate lacquer cosmetic box and, while drying her face, looks at fabric samples being shown to her by another woman, probably a merchant's representative. On the left an attendant is hanging kimono over a rack. This was done to air the garments, but also created an attractive display.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Jackson, Anna (editor), Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, London: V&A Publications, 2020
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.638-1962

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record createdApril 5, 2007
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