Search Results:

<< Viewing Record 20 of 97 >>
View : Light Box | List View | Image List | Detailed
 


Maker(s):Utagawa Toyokuni I
Culture:Japanese (1769–1825)
Title:Light Blue, from the series "The Five Elegant Colors of Thread" ('Fūryū go iroito')
Date Made:1816
Type:Print
Materials:polychrome woodblock print
Place Made:Edo
Measurements:Sheet/Image: 15 1/2 in x 10 5/16 in; 39.4 cm x 26.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1996.141
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
1996_141.jpg

Description:
ōban tate-e; nishiki-e; bijinga

Label Text:
In this print, the beauty’s robes are opened enticingly, just enough to offer the viewer a glimpse of bare skin. Cats, thought by the Japanese to have an ability to tempt and enthrall those who pass by them, are common tropes in bijinga, and are often shown pulling at the sashes of courtesans, causing them to expose themselves. At upper left are threads of the auspicious five colors—black, white, yellow, red, and blue—each with a symbolic meaning and association based on ancient ideas of how the universe is structured. In Japanese tradition, together the colors signal divinity or imperial rule. Here, in addition to revealing aspects of each courtesan, Toyokuni uses the five colors as a creative and inventive means of enticing potential buyers to purchase the entire series of five prints.
- BB, ed., 2015

Tags:
women; cats; standing; figures; kimonos; headdresses

Link to share this object record:
https://museums.fivecolleges.edu/detail.php?t=objects&type=ext&id_number=AC+1996.141

Research on objects in the collections, including provenance, is ongoing and may be incomplete. If you have additional information or would like to learn more about a particular object, please email fc-museums-web@fivecolleges.edu.

<< Viewing Record 20 of 97 >>