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Maker(s):Kitagawa Utamaro I
Culture:Japanese (1753-1806)
Title:Okawa Bata Yuryo [Enjoying the Evening Cool on the Banks of Sumida River] (central section)
Date Made:ca. 1795-1796 (Kansei 7-8)
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Housing: 24 in x 20 in; 61 cm x 50.8 cm; Sheet/Image: 14 7/8 in x 10 1/16 in; 37.8 cm x 25.6 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. r.: [Japanese character, Utamaro hitsu]; SEAL: recto, lwr. r.: [Japanese character, To].
Accession Number:  MH 1973.436b.Q.RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Louis C. Black
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Left section of a triptych: two women with a boy child who holds a box and bears a round fan on the back. One woman has a round fan in her hand. End of a bridge, village and boats with lanterns in the background. A figure on one of the boats is making fireworks. Fireworks display held annually to celebrate the kawabiraki in late July at the Ryogoku. Publisher is Yamaguchiya Chuemon (Chuseke).

festivals; summer

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