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- Object: (Eiri nichiyo) Onna chohoki (絵入日用) 女重宝記 (Illustrated Handbook on Daily Life for Women)
Illustrated book. One volume in five parts. Instructions for women on correct behaviour, artistic pursuits, etiquette and ceremonies. Woodblock-printed.
- Production date
Height: 25 centimetres (covers)
Width: 18 centimetres (covers)
- Curator's comments
Conservation of this book was supported by the Toshiba International Foundation.
Reproduced in Lena Fritsch and Clare Pollard, eds., Tokyo: Art and Photography (Ashmolean Museum, 2021), p. 14.
First published in 1629, Treasury of Education for Women brought together practical information that would be useful for a woman in her daily life. Hokusai’s daughter Ōi designed the illustrations for this new edition published in 1847. The text was edited by Takai Ranzan (1762–1838; his preface is dated 1829), who had earlier worked with Hokusai on a number of illustrated books (cat. 120). The pages illustrated depict women of different social classes: a merchant’s wife, a court lady, a courtesan, and so on. Despite the differences in their outward appearances, all the women nevertheless share a quality of gentle femininity. In her signature, Ōi has used the character for ‘tipsy’, which she also used to sign her poem on cat. 183. She is known to have been fond of alcohol and conveyed this through a pun on her name.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2021 Jul 15 - Dec 5, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Tokyo: Art & Photography
2017 6 Oct - 19 Nov, Osaka, Abeno Harukas Art Museum
2022 16 Apr-12 Jun, Tokyo, Suntory Museum of Art, Hokusai from the British Museum
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.558 (Hillier no.)