Bustling crowds at Torinomachi Festival in the month of the rime at the hour of the monkey [right-hand panel of triptych]. From the series "Annual festivals according to months and hours"

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Artist

This is one of the prints in our collection. It was made in Japan in 1856.
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370 x 250mm
woodblock print in nishiki-e (brocade) style
Torinomachi,the Festival of the Cock,was held at Washi Daimyojin Shrine in Asakusa during the 11th month. The kumade hairpins in the form of small bamboo rakes adorned with coloured ribbons were a popular souvenir sold at the shrine during the festival. The background landscape depicts the swampy rice growing area around the Shrine, and directly beyond the licensed brothel district of Yoshiwara.

This work was made in the dragon /7th month (July).

Representative of the Edo period (1615-1867) ukiyo-e – ‘floating world pictures'.

Illustrates aspects of the highly decorative and colourful nishiki-e ‘brocade print’ style, and demonstratse the apogee of nineteenth and early twentieth century woodblock print craftsmanship that represented the unique collaborative efforts of artist, publisher, block carver and printer.

Info from Doctor David Bell, University of Otago June 2010
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui. Gift of Miss D. Collier, 1977.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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