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The Yōmeimon Gate and Shinkyō Bridge

  • loan
  • Description

    During the Meiji period (1868-1912), the mountain resort of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, became a popular destination for foreign visitors to Japan, especially after a railway service to Nikkō was established in 1890. Two of Japan’s earliest Western-style hotels were founded there in 1873 and 1888 respectively, to cater to foreign customers. Photographs of the sights at Nikkō were hugely popular souvenirs, as were the rather more upmarket textile versions. (Exhibition number 29)

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKyōto prefecture Kyoto (probable place of creation)
    Europe (original location)
    Asia Japan (Shinkyō Bridge) (subject)
    Asia Japan (Yōmeimon Gate) (subject)
    late 19th century - early 20th century
    Meiji Period (1868 - 1912)
    Material and technique
    silk, dyed, and embroidered with coloured silk and flat silk; cotton border, dyed dark-blue
    187.5 x 127.5 cm (height x width)
    Material index
    organicvegetalfibre cotton,
    Technique index
    coloured dyed,
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    No. of items
    Credit line
    Lent by the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 9 November 2012-27 January 2013, Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan, Clare Pollard, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 29 p. 143, foreword & p. 143

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