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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1913,0501,0.323

  • Description

    Sketch. Male street performer dancing with lion mask and fan. Ink on paper.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1842-1843 (c.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 23.8 centimetres
    • Width: 17.2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Asahi 1996

    天保13年から同14年にかけて北斎は、明らかに毎日、病気や災害に対する一種のお守りとして獅子を描いた。その大量の素描の遺品として、220点以上が現在知られている。No.115からNo.118までの4点は、その一部であり、本作品もそれに関するものである。これらの獅子図の内の86点は、北斎の娘お栄によって画帖にまとめられ、弘化4年(1847)信州のパトロンに贈られた。北斎自身が手紙の追伸を記しており、「日新除魔」という画帖の題箋がこの手の作品の呼び名となった(本画帖の完全な写真複製が公刊されている(永田生慈「北斎の袋絵と日新除魔」『北斎研究』11))。

    本作品は、通例はある描かれた月日の書き込みを欠くが、おおかたの様式と男の祭り装束に獅子頭がつながるという特徴から、「日新除魔」に関連付けることができる。

    (竹内美砂子(名古屋市博物館))

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  • Bibliography

    • Asahi 1996 114 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    15 February 1996

    Reason for treatment

    Loan

    Treatment proposal

    Demount, repair, inlay, mount.

    Condition

    Attached to old mount. Lined.

    Treatment details

    Demounted and removed long paper hinge. Removed lining with moisture. Repaired top right corner with sekishu adhered with cellofas. Lined with mino adhered with wheat starch paste. Placed on drying board to flatten. Trimmed leaving enough lining edges to act as the inlay. Mounted in royal acid free board by MT3.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1913

  • Acquisition notes

    The collection of Japanese and Chinese paintings belonging to Arthur Morrison was purchased by Sir William Gwynne-Evans, who presented it to the British Museum in 1913.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1913,0501,0.323

  • Additional IDs

    • Jap.Ptg.1455 (Japanese Painting Number)
Sketch. Male street performer dancing with lion mask and fan. Ink on paper.

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