Aug 4, 2020

The Shika Teahouse

The Shika Teahouse


early 1790s

Part of a set. See all set records

Utagawa Toyokuni 歌川 豊国

(Japanese, 1769–1825)

Japan, Edo period


One of a triptych of color woodblock prints

39.1 x 25.6 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1113.a



Exotic birds and tobacco—Western imports—feature in this composition. Peacocks and parrots were brought to Japan by Dutch traders in the 1700s. Many of the visitors to this teahouse, which specialized in displays of foreign birds, admire the unusual fowl while sipping tea and smoking long pipes. The birds have attracted curious courtesans, entertainers, samurai, merchants and their wives, and even a Buddhist monk.

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