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The Dancing Fox

A work made of color woodblock print; chuban.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; chuban.




Artist unknown
Japanese, mid- to late 18th century

About this artwork

A fox dressed as a Shintô priest beats a drum and dances by a shrine, probably Inari Taisha, which was dedicated to the fox god. Part of the name of the drum (taiko) sounds like the Japanese word for big or long (dai), and this reveals that the numerals appearing in relief on the fox’s clothing are the long months of the year 1766.


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Arts of Asia


The Dancing Fox


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Color woodblock print; chuban


25.2 × 18.8 cm (9 15/16 × 7 7/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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