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『横浜異 人商館写真之図』
Foreign Business Establishment in Yokohama

Artist:
Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1861
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image (a): 13 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (34.9 x 23.5 cm) Image (b): 14 x 9 7/8 in. (35.6 x 25.1 cm) Image (c): 14 x 9 1/4 in. (35.6 x 23.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005
Accession Number:
2007.49.129a–c
Not on view
A group of foreigners and Japanese gather at the gate of a foreign business. The Japanese women wear elaborate kimonos with decorative obi, while the foreign women have fantastically ornate gowns. This is a fanciful setting with an improbable juxtaposition of figures, since one would never expect to see such elegantly dressed people strolling leisurely among foreign trading houses.
Signature: Gountei Sadahide ga
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars," June 18, 2009–November 30, 2009.

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