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Maker(s):Ryūryūkyo Shinsai
Culture:Japanese (1764?–1820)
Title:Dancing monkey with a Gohei celebrating New Year
Type:Print
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, surimono, ink and color on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Sheet/Image: 8 3/8 in x 7 3/16 in; 21.3 cm x 18.3 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: recto, upp. l.: [Japanese character, Taihaidō / Nomimasu / akenereba / [ill.]gakimisae / yomoyama no / kozue wo / wataru / saru no shōgatsu / Taiheiraku Sakamori / sarusaemo odoru kashima no / kanameishi yurugane miyo no / haruha kinikeri.]; SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. r.: [Japanese character, Shinsai].
Accession Number:  MH 1973.359.Q.RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Louis C. Black
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Description:
A shikishiban-size surimono print showing a monkey dancing Sanbasō, dressed in red robe (with floral and fuku "happiness" character patterns) and black tall hat as a shinto priest with a gohei stick. A saké cup in red and two kyoka verses by Iainhaido Nomimasu on top of the print. The design was possibly designed for the Near Year of Monkey (1812 or 1824).

Tags:
theater; performances; animals; celebrations; holidays; poetry; dance

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