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Party on the daifuku (大福) pleasure boat

Identifier: 1795c Eishi Boat ride
Description:

A young man is entertained by seven young beauties on the daifuku pleasure boat.

Bibliography: Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #562; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 213, list no. 276;
Ukiyo-e shūka 8 (1980), Eishi list, #71

Boating scenes with elegant courtesans are one of Eishi's favorite motifs. There are a number of other multi-panel prints, mainly triptychs, showing variations on this theme.

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Daifuku (大福) means great fortune or good luck. It is also what the first tea of the New Year is called. Perhaps this triptych represents a celebration of that event. However, the inclusion of the irises and the style of clothing would place this setting closer to the fifth month of the year.

Eishi's triptych appears to be based on a similar composition by Kiyonaga from ca. 1785.

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