Japanese (1798 - 1861) Primary
Jingu Kogo 神功后皇 (Empress Jingu), from the Series Meiko hyaku yuden 名高百勇傳 (Stories of a Hundred Heroes of High Renown)Edo
1843 - 1844
13 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (34.925 x 24.765 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2022.13.310
Other Number(s): Kuniyoshi150 (Donor Number)
Geography: Asia, Japan
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Woodcuts
This object has the following keywords:
edged weapons*, Edo*, empresses*, kimonos*, oban*, tate-e*, Ukiyo-e*, Utagawa, Kuniyoshi, 1798-1861*, woodcuts*
- edged weapons - Weapons featuring a sharp edge or point for cutting, thrusting, clubbing, slashing, or various combinations thereof.
- Edo - Refers to the period and style that developed from the unification of Japan in 1600 until the end of the shogunal dynasty in 1868. During this period, economic expansion encouraged the rise of an educated merchant class who created their own forms of literature and theater as well as new schools of painting and woodblock printing. A wide diversity of pictorial subjects and styles developed during this period and many 19th century Western artists were influenced by them.
- empresses - Refers to female sovereigns of empires, which are political units that comprise a number of territories or nations and are ruled by a single supreme authority. The term may also refer to the wives and widows of emperors.
- kimonos - Loose, wide-sleeved garments fastened around the waist with an obi or broad sash, traditionally worn by Japanese men and women.
- oban - Japanese prints of a standard size about 15 3/4 by 10 1/2 inches.
- tate-e - In Japanese printing, a sheet of paper that is in portrait format (height is greater than width).
- Ukiyo-e - Distinctive genre in painting and other media, but most prominently in woodblock printing. It arose in the Edo period (1600-1868) and built up a broad popular market among the middle classes. Subject matter typically focused on brothel districts and kabuki theatres, with formats ranging from single sheet prints to book illustrations. Generally, the style is characterized by a mixture of the realistic narrative of the Kamakura period and the mature decorative style of the Momoyama and Edo periods. Distinctive styles and specialties in subject matter were developed by different schools throughout the period.
Utagawa, Kuniyoshi, 1798-1861
- Robinson, B. W.: Kuniyoshi, 1961
- Suzuki, J. Kuniyoshi, 1985:
- Forrer, M. Drawings by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the collection of the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, 1988:
- Info. from 678 field, converted 2012-10-25
- LC database, June 12, 2020
- woodcuts - Prints made using the process of woodcut, which is a relief process in which the design is cut into and printed from the plank side of a wood block; distinct from "wood engraving (process)," which is a relief process using the grain end of a wood block.
Owner Name: S. Kathleen Doster, Class of 1978
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
Acquisition Method: Purchased from Auction Ukiyo-e
Disposal Method: Donation to Bryn Mawr College
Ownership Start Date: 3/9/2010
Ownership End Date: 7/22/2022
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
- "Museum of Fine Arts Boston: Online Collections." (Accessed July 1, 2020): collections.mfa.org. Accession No. 2008,3037.15302.
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