Two dancers; man performing spear dance against background of autumn maple and woman performing "spring pony" (harugoma) dance against background of blossoming cherry. - ROM2015_14587_2

ROM2015_14587_2

Two dancers; man performing spear dance against background of autumn maple and woman performing "spring pony" (harugoma) dance against background of blossoming cherry.

Maker: Yamamoto Yoshinobu (fl 1740s)
Medium:2-colour woodblock prints on paper
Geography: Japan
Date: 1754
Period: Edo period
Dimensions:
Undivided hosoe diptych 29.4 x 28.9 cm
Object number: 926.18.96
Credit Line: Sir Edmund Walker Collection
Not on view
DescriptionThe wakashu, with “feathered spears” of the kind used in daimyo processions, is performing the “Spear Dance” (yari-odori) in front of a background of autumn leaves. The poem reads: some-iro no The autumn-tinted yama ya torige no mountain—see the red maple there momiji kana and on the feathered spear! (trans. Waterhouse, 102) The young woman, holding the head of a hobby-horse, is performing the “Spring Colt” (haru-goma) dance in front of a background of cherry blossoms. The poem reads: haru-goma no If the Spring Pony Dance isamaba hana wo is lively enough the flowers yuki to min will look like snow! (trans. Waterhouse, 102) As in the previous print, the pair of young people—wakashu and girl—gives an auspicious feeling to these prints of seasonal celebration. Their clothing and appearance are virtually identical except for the shaved spot behind the wakashu’s forelocks and the comb and pins in the young girl’s hair.
Collection:
Japan
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