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『女官洋服裁縫之図』
Court Ladies Sewing Western Clothing (Jokan yōfuku saihō no zu)

Artist:
Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
August 23rd, 1887
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 14 5/16 x 29 11/16 in. (36.4 x 75.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959
Accession Number:
JP3340
Not on view
The empress, wearing a close-fitting, French-style mantelet, is accompanied by the prince, who sports his school uniform. At the center, her ladies-in-waiting demonstrate Western techniques of cutting and sewing cloth. In the Meiji period, noble ladies were encouraged to wear elegant Western dress in official places in order to prove to foreign visitors that Japan was of an equal standing to the other nations.
Signature: Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu
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