by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Series; Twelve Months of Customs and Manners in Edo
The Tenth Month: Wealthy Merchants Celebrating Ebisu, 1889 - Lively triptych by Chikanobu illustrating the wild activities of wealthy merchants celebrating Ebisu, one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Fortune, at a teahouse in Edo. Courtesans are shown along the upper balcony entertaining guests. At upper right, the silhouette of a dancer can be seen against the shoji panels lining the verandah. At top center, young boys serve tea to seated dignitaries and lords while a sumo can be seen drinking sake from enormous red lacquer cup. Below on ground level, two courtesans are shown welcoming men to the teahouse, while a group of celebrants dance before a statue of Ebisu, offering a large fish and mochi cakes to the god. A fantastic, vibrant scene filled with the energy of this annual celebration.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 18 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small loss at corner, repaired. Slight toning, a few creases and small marks. Please see photos for details.
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