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A lady hanging a scroll for the New Year

  • Details

    Activities of the Twelve Months
    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    c. 1783
    Torii Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815) (designer)
    Material and technique
    woodblock, printed with water-based vegetable pigments
    mount 81 x 28.6 cm (height x width)
    print 68 x 11.5 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Mrs Allan and Mr and Mrs H. N. Spalding, 1952.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 24 August-30 November 2005, Beauties of the Four Seasons, Mitsuko Watanabe, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 6 on p. 12, illus. p. 13


vegetable pigments

  • 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.


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  • Beauties of the Four Seasons by Mitsuko Watanabe

    Beauties of the Four Seasons

    A lady has just opened a box of scrolls and she is hanging one of them depicting a bamboo. In front of her lies some kagami-mochi (round rice cakes offered to the god) with a red lobster and a young pine tree, traditional New Year decorations. The flying crane design of her kimono symbolizes long life and auspiciousness. On the lid of the box is written 'Kanō-sai ga' and 'sampuku' which means three pieces painted by Kanō-sai.

    Before the reform of the calendar, Japanese New Year was in Spring.

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