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Americans Strolling About

Type
Woodblock print
Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Yoshifuji (1828-1887)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1861
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimension(s)
35.4 x 24.6 cm
Geography
Japan, Yokohama
Credit Line
Gift of the Daval Foundation, from the Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. William Leonhart
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1991.150
Label
The Japanese word for Americans, Amerikajin, is written in roman script that has been divided awkwardly into syllables so that the letters correspond as closely as possible to Japanese phonetic script and fit into the vertical frame for the title. The father is depicted smoking a cigar, a form of tobacco that was probably introduced into Japan by American residents of Yokohama. Tobacco had been smoked in elongated pipes since its inception by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Keyword(s)
Edo period (1615 - 1868), foreigner, Japan, oban, ukiyo-e
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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