- Museum number
Object: Yūho ga shita sō: Meiji nenkan saikun no fūzoku 遊歩がしたそう: 明治年間妻君之風俗 (Looking as though she wants to take a stroll: The manners of a married lady of the Meiji era)
Series: Fūzoku sanjūnisō 風俗三十二相 (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Colour woodblock print. Half-length depiction of Japanese woman in Western dress strolling through iris garden with umbrella.
- Production date
- June 1888
Height: 38.10 centimetres
Width: 26.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- “Thirty-two aspects” was originally a Buddhist term referring to the thirty-two physical characteristics of a Buddha (such as golden skin, a protruding cranium, etc.) In Japanese, the term aspect (sô) also works as a homonym for “want to,” and in the last decades of the Edo period (1615-1868) ukiyo-e artists made use of this pun to create series of woodblock prints depicting thirty-two aspects of contemporary feminine appearance and behaviour. The theme is known particularly through series designed by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) around 1820 and again in 1859. Yoshitoshi’s version carries the theme into the modern period, but in a novel way, as it presents not only recent and contemporary mores but a historical survey of thirty-two aspects of feminine beauty and behaviour over the preceding one hundred years. More than two-thirds of the series is devoted to a world that modern Japan had left behind. The series expresses continuity with the past in its format, technique and subject matter, while also indicating the changes that were underway, as perhaps best illustrated by this design of a Japanese married lady dressed in western fashion. The print is in excellent condition, with the original refined printing techniques in tact (for example, engraving in the white iris petals). The museum holds one other print from this series, and several from Kunisada’s series of 1859.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2013 Apr – Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
- Acquisition date
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