A Woman's Poetry Party

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

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; oban triptych.

Date:

c. 1793

Artist:

Chobunsai Eishi
Japanese, 1756-1829

About this artwork

Generally, the groups of women depicted in prints were courtesans and their attendants, possibly waiting for male guests. In this unusual print, well-dressed women of the upper classes arrive in the large open parlor of the palace of a daimyo (a provincial governor) near the sea at Suma. The three votive-style hangings in the tokonoma (alcove) in the right background indicate the poetry party. Shown are three ancient poets revered in the Edo period: eighth-century Kakinomoto no Hitomaro and Yamabe no Akihito; in the center is the sixth-century poetess Sotori.

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Artist

Chôbunsai Eishi

Title

A Woman's Poetry Party

Origin

Japan

Date

1788–1798

Medium

Color woodblock print; oban triptych

Dimensions

37.7 x 74.4 cm left sheet: 37.7 x 24.2 cm center sheet: 37.7 x 25.4 cm right sheet: 37.7 x 24.8 cm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1928.1063

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