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18th century

Dancer with Horse Puppet

an egoyomi (calendar print) for 1786

koban 4 3/8 by 2 3/4 in., 11 by 7 cm

The dancing girl holds a horse puppet, indicating that it was issued at the New Year for a zodiac year of the horse. The text starting at the upper right conceals the short lunar months of the year of 1786 which were: 1 (implied), 3, 5, 6, 8 and 11. The title, which can be read, Bando Sanpachi Musume (Bando Sanpachi's daughter...), incorporates the numbers 3 and 8; followed by more text, itsutsu mutsu no chiisai... which incorporates the numbers 5 and 6; and the third line of text includes the number 11. The text at the upper right conceals the number 10 twice, indicating that tenth month was a long month plus an intercalary month.

Brooklyn Museum, accession no. 37.444

price: Sold


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