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Creator Name: Ippitsusai Buncho
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Japanese; fl. c.1755-1790 Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Active Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Name-CRT: Ippitsusai Buncho
Title: The shrine dancers (miko) Ohatsu and Onami
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1769
Creation End Date: 1769
Creation Date: 1769
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: Hosoban; 32.7 x 15.5 cm
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE: Ippitsusai Buncho gaARTIST'S SEAL: Mori uji
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1925.2526
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Clarence Buckingham Collection
Context: We can turn to Ota Nampo's diary Hannichi Kanwa (A Half-Day's Idle Chat) for a contemporary description of this scene:'Worshipping the Image of Ebisu at Yushima'From the fourth day of the third month , the image of the god Ebisu from the Great Shrine at Ishizu in Izumi Province was on display for public worship in the precincts of the Tenjin Shrine at Yushima. It attracted large crowds. On the shrine dance platform, two maidens performed sacred shrine dances for the gods. Their names were Onami andOhatsu. Over their long-sleeved kimono they wore sacred robes. They were very beautiful and popular with the people who carrie to worship.... These two shrine maidens appeared in color prints.'As Nampo describes, the shrine maidens wear sacred white robes (chihaya) over their kimono with long hanging sleeves (furisode) and formal hakama trousers. Each dancer carries a painted fan and a kind of wand (nusa) composed of a branch from a sacred sakaki tree decorated with consecrated paper streamers. Extendingfrom the dance platform is a small altar on which are offerings and other accessories used in the performance. The platform is protected from the elements by a simple lattice roof. In the late 1760S print artists - led by Suzuki Harunobu (ca. I724-I770) - 'discovered' a succession of beautiful women working in ordinary professions and promoted them in their works. Harunobu designed several chubanand at least one pillar print showing one or both of the shrine maidens Ohatsu and Onami (see 'The Actor's Image' catalogue, fig. 6.1, p.60), and Buncho produced another hosoban print of the pair. Stylistically these works are so close that only minute nuances in the manner of drawing the faces serve to distinguish the shrine maidens of Harunobu from those of Buncho.Further on in his diary Nampo reports that the following year's (I770) festivities at the Yushima Tenjin Shrine saw the two lovely shrine maidens replaced by small girls.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1925.2526
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
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