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『横浜異 人商館座敷之図』
Drawing Room of a Foreign Business Establishment in Yokohama

Artist:
Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
9th month, 1861
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Center and right sheets of a triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 13 7/8 × 18 1/4 in. (35.2 × 46.4 cm) Mat: 18 3/4 × 23 1/4 in. (47.6 × 59.1 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959
Accession Number:
JP3179
Not on view
The courtesan on the left, wearing a spectacular kimono with butterflies and stripes, observes two Western women playing viola and flute in the center of the room. A Chinese manservant and a Japanese female attendant serve wine, grapes, and sweets. In the background, ships can be seen through the Western-style paned windows, indicating that the soiree takes place in the new port-city of Yokohama.
Signature: Gountei Sadahide ga
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