Print: Triptych of Hanging Scrolls: Playing with Reality (Kakemono sanpukutsui, utsutsu no asobi) - ROM2010_11323_9

ROM2010_11323_9

Print: Triptych of Hanging Scrolls: Playing with Reality (Kakemono sanpukutsui, utsutsu no asobi)

Medium:2-colour woodblock prints on paper
Geography: Japan
Date: early 18th century
Period: Edo period
Dimensions:
Undivided hosoe triptych(?) 28.8 x 46.2 cm
Object number: 926.18.82
Credit Line: Sir Edmund Walker Collection
Not on view
DescriptionEach section on this triptych depicts a courtesan and a hanging scroll of a kabuki actor in a tokonoma, or recesss, each of the three sections contains a poem. On the right, a courtesan sits gazing at a portrait of the actor Arashi Koroku (1710-86) hung in her tokonama. The middle leaf shows a courtesan, tying her hair beneath a portrait of Onoe Kikugoro I (1717-83). The left-handed leaf shows a third courtesan, who is holding a long pipe and seated by a portrait of Sanogawa Ichimastsu I. The poems are transliterated as: yo-arashi ni nure ni zo nururu fuzei kana (though drenched he is in the night storm, how drenched he is with elegance); akatsuki no onoe no kane ya kiku wakare (At dawn there sounds the monastery bell from the mountain top: to hear it is to part); yomosugara hito matsumushi no koyoi kana ( Waiting all night long- alone: and tonight only the voice of a solitary cricket).
Collection:
Japan
Browse Categories:Art & Music
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