『雪中梅荘群児遊戯 図』 Children Playing in the Snow under Plum Trees in Bloom (Secchū baisō gunji yūgi zu)
Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912)
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Image: 14 x 28 3/4 in. (35.6 x 73 cm)
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959
Not on view
The prince encourages his playmates to enjoy rough-and-tumble outdoor winter sports, but he stands aloof on his front porch, not quite one of the boys. Even his costume sets him apart; it is a miniature replica of the military uniform worn by his father, who sits in the parlor. It is known that Prince Haru (the future Taishō Emperor) was unfortunately plagued with illness.
Signature: Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu
New York. Asia Society. "Undercurrents in the Floating World: Censorship and Japanese Prints," October 9, 1991–January 5, 1992.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars," June 18, 2009–November 30, 2009.