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Ogiya uchi Tsukasa 扇屋内つかさ (Tsukasa of Ogiya) / Bijin go-sekku 美人五節句 (Beauties of the Five Festivals)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1929,0611,0.8

  • Title (object)

    • Ogiya uchi Tsukasa 扇屋内つかさ (Tsukasa of Ogiya)

    Title (series)

    • Bijin go-sekku 美人五節句 (Beauties of the Five Festivals)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print. Tanabata Festival: Courtesan Tsukasa of Ogiya emerging from mosquito net and gazing at portrait of Hikoboshi painted on her fan. Inscribed, signed and marked.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1797-1800 (c.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 37 centimetres
    • Width: 25.9 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left in fan-shaped cartouche
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        扇屋内ツかさ [...]
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ogiya uchi Tsukasa [...]
      • Inscription Translation

        Tsukasa of Ogiya [two kamuro's names]
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        image, upper left
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        一楽亭栄水画
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ichirakutei Eisui ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture by Ichirakutei Eisui
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        image, left
      • Inscription Comment

        Mark of the publisher, Maruya Bun'emon.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left in square cartouche
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        美人五節句
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Bijin go-sekku
      • Inscription Translation

        Beauties of the Five Festivals
  • Curator's comments

    Smith 1988

    This portrait of the prostitute Tsukasa of the House of Ogiya is from a series 'Beauties of the Five Festivals', which were the main festivals of the year. The print is a quite complex allusion to the Tanabata Festival in July which celebrates the conjunction of the stars Vega and Aquila, representing lovers who could meet only this way. Thus Tsukasa represents Orihime, emerging from her mosquito net (the Milky Way) to gaze at the portrait of Hikoboshi painted on her fan. The signature is 'Painted by Ichirakutei Eisui'.

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  • Bibliography

    • Smith 1988 122 bibliographic details
    • Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan Vol 2 206 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2001, 30 Jan-8 Apr, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Arts of Japan: Recently repaired paintings, Ukiyo-e IV'
    2015 July-October, London, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Tanabata Festival
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1929

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1929,0611,0.8


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