A Bugaku Performance at the Imperial Palace during the Doll Festival, 1880

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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A Bugaku Performance at the Imperial Palace during the Doll Festival, 1880 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
A Bugaku Performance at the Imperial Palace during the Doll Festival, 1880

Comments - Fantastic triptych depicting the Emperor and Empress watching a bugaku performance at the Imperial Palace during the Hina Matsuri or Doll Festival. Bugaku is a traditional dance originally performed exclusively for the Imperial Court, with dancers wearing Buddhist costumes and masks. The royal couple watches attentively as the performer leaps on one foot, his red and white sash trailing on the floor beside him. Musicians sit on a platform along the back of the room, and ladies-in-waiting in white kimono and red pants line the verandah of a palace building in the background. Beautifully detailed with embossing on the white kimono in the foreground, and a burnished leaf and blossom pattern in the emperor's black robe. A striking design, rarely seen.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 1/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few wormholes, small loss at edge, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.

A Bugaku Performance at the Imperial Palace during the Doll Festival, 1880 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
A Bugaku Performance at the Imperial Palace during the Doll Festival, 1880 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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