Jul 24, 2014
Jul 24, 2014

Party on the Pleasure Boat Kawaichimaru

Party on the Pleasure Boat Kawaichimaru


c. 1796–97

Part of a set. See all set records

Chōbunsai Eishi 鳥文斎栄之

(Japanese, 1756–1829)

Pentaptych of woodblock prints

Overall: 38.4 x 24.2 cm (15 1/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1921.364



A pleasure boat named Kawaichimaru is filled with entertainers in this expansive scene. At the vessel’s right end, a young dancer waits as her costume’s hat is arranged. In the middle, a trio of musicians performs, two on drums and another on shamisen, a three-stringed instrument. Listening to them is an elegant woman smoking her pipe. At the left end, three women, one on a neighboring boat, enjoy a spectacular floral arrangement of pine, lily, and iris on a lacquer stand.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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Gift from J. H. Wade

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