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Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery, Half of a Diptych

Utagawa Toyokuni I

Asian Art

In addition to his celebrated kabuki actor prints, Toyokuni excelled at pictures of beautiful women, incorporating the long, lithe figure type that had come into vogue with the work of Kitagawa Utamaro (1750–1806) and Torii Kiyonaga (1752–1815) in the preceding decades. Archery was a refined activity associated with the samurai warrior class; the man kneeling in the middle is clearly identified as a young samurai with his shaved forelock and hakama pants.
MEDIUM Diptych, woodblock print
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES ca. 1800
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 15 1/4 x 10 1/8 in. (38.7 x 25.7 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Toyokuni-ga
    ACCESSION NUMBER 86.263.11
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ran Hettena
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Right sheet from a diptych. Within the confines of a green house, a young man (at right) and a group of courtesans amuse themselves at an archery range. The young man is no less than the famous actor Matsumoto Koshiro IV. Publisher: Senichi, Izumiya Ichibei (seal) Condition: good (each impression), color and state. Unmatted.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825). Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery, Half of a Diptych, ca. 1800. Diptych, woodblock print, 15 1/4 x 10 1/8 in. (38.7 x 25.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ran Hettena, 86.263.11 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.263.11_IMLS_PS4.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 86.263.11_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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