Ippitsusai Buncho / The shrine dancers (miko) Ohatsu and Onami / 1769Ippitsusai Buncho
The shrine dancers (miko) Ohatsu and Onami

View Larger Image

View Full Catalog Record Below

This image is one of over 108,000 from the AMICA Library (formerly The Art Museum Image Consortium Library- The AMICO Library™), a growing online collection of high-quality, digital art images from over 20 museums around the world. www.davidrumsey.com/amica offers subscriptions to this collection, the finest art image database available on the internet. EVERY image has full curatorial text and can be studied in depth by zooming into the smallest details from within the Image Workspace.
Preview the AMICA Library™ Public Collection in Luna Browser Now

  • Cultures and time periods represented range from contemporary art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works.
  • Types of works include paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, costumes, jewelry, furniture, prints, photographs, textiles, decorative art, books and manuscripts.

Gain access to this incredible resource through either a monthly or a yearly subscription and search the entire collection from your desktop, compare multiple images side by side and zoom into the minute details of the images. Visit www.davidrumsey.com/amica for more information on the collection, click on the link below the revolving thumbnail to the right, or email us at amica@luna-img.com .

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
Rights: http://www.artic.edu/aic/rights/main.rights.html
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 [1769], 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

AMICA PUBLIC RIGHTS: a) Access to the materials is granted for personal and non-commercial use. b) A full educational license for non-commercial use is available from Cartography Associates at www.davidrumsey.com/amica/institution_subscribe.html c) Licensed users may continue their examination of additional materials provided by Cartography Associates, and d) commercial rights are available from the rights holder.

Home | Subscribe | Preview | Benefits | About | Help | Contact
Copyright © 2007 Cartography Associates.
All rights reserved.