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Young Woman Carries Adorned Pole for a Procession

Utagawa Toyohiro

Asian Art

Processions of the daimyos, or feudal lords, who frequently traveled with elaborate retinues from their home states to make appearances at the court of the shogun, provided popular spectacles for the people of Edo. Toyohiro often treated the theme of the daimyo procession, sometimes replacing members of a retinue with beautiful women who bear flags or other emblems of authority, such as the pole carried by this figure. This image comes from a series that included at least fifteen different designs.
MEDIUM Woodblock print, narrow koban tate-e surimono-style printing
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES ca. 1805–6
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. (23.5 x 8.6 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed: "Toyohiro"
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2002.121.5
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace in memory of her husband, Dr. Stanley L. Wallace
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Condition: Good, somewhat faded (J. Mirviss) Arrived unmatted.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Utagawa Toyohiro (Japanese, 1773–1829). Young Woman Carries Adorned Pole for a Procession, ca. 1805–6. Woodblock print, narrow koban tate-e surimono-style printing, 9 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. (23.5 x 8.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace in memory of her husband, Dr. Stanley L. Wallace, 2002.121.5 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2002.121.5_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2002.121.5_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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