Artist: Mizuno Toshikata (水野年方)

Print: Handpuppet made from a Bucket (樽人形): Woman of the Enpō Era [1673-81] (Taru ningyō, Enpō koro fujin - 延宝頃婦人) from the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections (Sanjūroku kasen 三十六佳撰)

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Dates: 1892,created
Dimensions: 9.25 in,14.125 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toshikata (年方)
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: Meiji 25 (1892)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum; Tokyo Metropolitan Library; Rhode Island School of Design - Hōchū print after Kōrin showing plovers flying over waves;

Physical description:

The text along the left side reads partially: "日本橋区室町三丁目九番地 秋山武右衛門 秋山 武右衛門".


The deep blue, almost black, and white privacy curtain which the two stooping men have lifted to watch the performer with her puppet is decorated with plovers flying above waves. We have added a link to an early 19th century print in the Rhode Island School of Design showing this same motif, the nami to chidori (浪に千鳥).