Jul 7, 2014

A Low Tide Pentaptych

A Low Tide Pentaptych

汐干五番内

c.1830

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川 国芳

(Japanese, 1797–1861)

Pentaptych of color woodblock prints

Each: 21.2 x 18.4 cm (8 3/8 x 7 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1108

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A pentaptych is a composition of five parts.

Description

Five surimono 刷物, privately commissioned prints known literally as "printed things," make up this image of women collecting sea life at low tide. Ten poems written by members of a poetry salon appear across the upper part of the composition. All but one contain the words "low tide," with the remaining poem describing abalone as a sought-after jewel.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Print

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