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triptych print / benigirai-e

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  • Description

    Colour woodblock-printed triptych, benigirai-e. Scene in the Nakadaya restaurant in Mukojima, with group of women on balcony; performer playing shamisen in centre; view of dyke in background and torii of Mimeguri Jinja. Signed.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1787-1788 (c.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 32 centimetres (each)
    • Width: 22 centimetres (each)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        each sheet image
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kubo Shunman ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture by Kubo Shunman
  • Curator's comments

    Smith 1988

    Shumman took this design from Kiyonaga's book 'Ehon Monomigaoka' and rearranged it as a sheet-print triptych. From the book it is known that this is Nakadaya in the Mukojima district of Edo (Tokyo). In the centre a performer plays the three-stringed 'shamisen'. Prints in this palette became popular at the time. They were called 'benigiraie' ('pictures which hate red'). The signature is 'Painted by Kubo Shumman'.


  • Bibliography

    • Smith 1988 111 bibliographic details
    • Binyon 1916 15 bibliographic details
    • Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan Vol 2 61 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Acquisition date


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  • Additional IDs

    • B15


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