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Women and children in front of Ryōgoku bridge

Glossary (2)

nishiki-e, vegetable pigments

  • nishiki-e

    Nishiki-e literally means 'brocade pictures' and refers to multi-coloured woodblock prints.

  • vegetable pigments

    Vegetable pigments were used to create coloured dyes for Japanese prints, paintings, and textiles. These pigments often faded over time due to the chemical reactions they underwent.


    • currently in research collection

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  • Beauties of the Four Seasons by Mitsuko Watanabe

    Beauties of the Four Seasons

    The Ryōgoku bridge in Edo was a place well-known for its firework displays. The many tea shops around it made for a lively atmosphere. In the foreground, women are busily attending to their own activities. The centre print shows two women and two children looking at two dogs playing. Groups of people are walking across the bridge, including a high ranking samurai riding a horse, wearing a straw hat, and escorted by further samurai. In the background, boats are floating by in what is thought to be a hot summer’s day.

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