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A beauty dancing ‘Nunozarashi’「布ざらし」を踊っている美人 / Oshie-gata’ (おし絵形, Designs for Patchwork Pictures)

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  • Title (series)

    • A beauty dancing ‘Nunozarashi’「布ざらし」を踊っている美人 / Oshie-gata’ (おし絵形, Designs for Patchwork Pictures)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print, oban. A beautiful woman wearing wooden clogs (‘geta’) and performing with two long strips of cloth in a ‘nunozarashi’ dance, from the series ‘Oshie-gata’ (おし絵形, ‘Designs for Patchwork Pictures’).

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1795 (c.)
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  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

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        middle left
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        Designs for Patchwork Pictures
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        series title
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        lower right
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        Shun’ei ga
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        artist’s signature
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        bottom left
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        山, 三つ巴, 印
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        yama, mitsudomoe, in
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        publisher's mark
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        lower left
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        censorship seal
  • Curator's comments

    ‘Nuno-zarashi’ is not the name of a particular dance, but rather a technique seen in Kabuki and traditional Japanese dance, which involves the waving about of two long strips of cloth in the air so as not to let them touch the ground. The performer usually wears high ‘geta’ clogs. It is based on the idea of women washing cloth and then bleaching it in the sun, hence ‘nuno’ (布, ‘cloth’), and ‘sarasu’ (晒す, ‘to expose to the air’). This technique is seen, for example, in the 18th century ‘onnagata’ dance ‘Sarashi Sanbaso’ (晒三番叟) and in such 19th century works as ‘Sarashime’ (晒女, also called ‘Omi no Okane’ 近江のお兼) and ‘Echigo Jishi’ (越後獅子). (P. Griffith 8/2012)


  • Bibliography

    • Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan Vol 2 BW 108 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Nuno-zarashi (布ざらし) ((dance))
    • Associated Title: Oshie-gata (おし絵形) ((series title))
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  • Acquisition notes

    Credit line: "Donated by William Cleverly Alexander"

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Woodblock print.Music, dance and drama.  Girl dancing the nuno-zarashi dance with two silken streamers. Nishiki-e on paper.


Woodblock print.Music, dance and drama. Girl dancing the nuno-zarashi dance with two silken streamers. Nishiki-e on paper.

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