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Americans Strolling About

Woodblock print
Artist: Utagawa Yoshifuji (1828-1887)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1861
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W: 35.4 x 24.6 cm (13 15/16 x 9 11/16 in)
Japan, Yokohama
Credit Line
Gift of the Daval Foundation, from the Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. William Leonhart
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
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 information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Edo period (1615 - 1868), foreigner, Japan, oban, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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