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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1921,0216,0.3

  • Description

    Colour woodblock print, oban. A portrait of the publisher Konno (Nishimuraya Yohachi I) of the Eijudo publishing house to commemorate his reaching the age of 71. It shows him seated, dressed in a kimono and ‘haori’ coat both decorated with the character ‘kotobuki’ (Longevity). He holds a fan and sits before a lacquer lectern as he practises the popular hobby of musical recitation. He is seated on a mattress with a pile of bedding directly behind him. In the background is a screen painted with a rising sun over Mr. Fuji, a hawk in flight and a bush of eggplant, the three symbols considered lucky if dreamt about in the first dream of the New Year, (‘hatsuyume’).

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1797-1798
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 37.7 centimetres
    • Width: 25.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        一富士に二鷹色よし三なすび
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ichi Fuji ni / ni taka, iro yoshi / san nasubi
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Toyokuni ga
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Comment

        seal(publisher's.Nishimuraya.Eijudo)
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        七十一翁永寿堂昆野
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Nanaju-ichi o Eijudo Konno
      • Inscription Translation

        Eijudo Konno at the venerable age of 71
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Comment

        publisher's Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo)
  • Curator's comments

    Other sources give the name as ‘Hibino’ (日比野) rather than ‘Konno’ (昆野). See ‘Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten’, vol.3, p.141. (Paul Griffith, 12/2/2010.)

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1921

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1921,0216,0.3

Woodblock print. Shini-e. A memorial portrait of Konno of Eijudo Press at the age of 71. Nishiki-e on paper.

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Woodblock print. Shini-e. A memorial portrait of Konno of Eijudo Press at the age of 71. Nishiki-e on paper.

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