- Museum number
- Object: Shin Yoshiwara Nakanocho Daimonjiya zashiki 新吉原仲ノ町大文字屋座敷 (Rooms at Daimonjiya on Nakanocho, New Yoshiwara)
Woodblock print with hand-colouring, uki-e. Scene in the interior of the Daimonjiya teahouse, with courtesans smoking, playing board-game, performing music. Inscribed and signed.
- Production date
- 1745-1750 (c.)
Height: 47.70 centimetres
Width: 69 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The borders with artist's signature 'Torii Kiyotada' and title appear in a skiful later addition. The emphatic 'vanishing point' perspective system is copied from imported European popular prints showing urban views.
(Label copy, TTC, 1998)
This is an 'ukie' (perspective print) using European perspective, in this case in an exaggerated way. The scene is one of the greatest houses of courtesans in the Shin Yoshiwara licensed district of Edo (Tokyo). The inhabitants are seen smoking, playing the board-game of 'sugoroku' and performing music. The print is signed 'The brush of the artist Torii Kiyotada'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1993 12 Sep-12 Dec, Germany, Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Japan and Europe: 1543-1929
2004 23 Sep-5 Dec, London, V&A, Encounters: the meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800
- Acquisition date
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