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Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e

"Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 10  November 28, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

  
Blindfold Games: Mitate (Parody) of Yuranosuke at the Ichiriki Teahouse (detail), By Chokosai Eisho, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)

December reminds people in Japan of Chushingura, literally “The Treasury of Faithful Retainers.” The story is based on the incident of 47 retainers who took revenge of their lord who was forced to kill himself in humiliation. Every year at this season we feature scenes from Kanadehon chushingura, its Kabuki version. Works on this theme by Utagawa Kuniyoshi are featured this year, together with other seasonal subjects such as end-of-the-year markets and winter scenes from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.

Current exhibit includes:
Kanadehon Chushingura (The Kana Copybook of the Treasury of Loyal Retainers): Act V, By Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Edo period, dated 1854 (Gift of Mr. Takahashi Yasushi)
One Hundred Famous Places of Edo: Kinryuzan Temple, Asakusa,
By Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period, dated 1856
One Hundred Famous Places of Edo: Yabukoji Lane at the Foot of Atago Hill,
By Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period, dated 1857
The Year-end Market at Asakusa,
By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century