Comments - Fantastic triptych showing a busy street along the river at New Year's, with several kites flying overhead, including one of Daruma, the father of Zen Buddhism. At left, a young boy tugs on the string of a yakko-dako or man kite, while another boy prepares to launch his kite with a scene of crashing waves and a red sun. At right, two beauties play a traditional New Year's game of battledore and shuttlecock, using decorative paddles and a feathered shuttlecock, which hangs in the air above them. A kitten plays with a ball between two young girls, and a monkey trainer makes his way through the crowd, the animal clinging to his back. A lively scene, full of wonderful detail and color. A fantastic image for a collector interested in kite subjects or holiday celebrations in old Japan.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 27 7/8" x 14"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Three panels, attached at the seams, backed with thin paper. A couple creases in subject. Some paper remnants and minor thinning on reverse Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.
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