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Tokugawa Period Collection

The Tokugawa period, also known as the Edo period, was a time of great artistic expression and cultural development in Japan

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Messenger with a Letter, from the series 'Elegant Five-needled Pine, c

Messenger with a Letter, from the series "Elegant Five-needled Pine, c. 1797-98 (colour woodblock print;oban)
5860842 Messenger with a Letter, from the series " Elegant Five-needled Pine, c.1797-98 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Snow (Yuki), from the series 'Famous Places of Edo, c. 1849-52 (colour woodblock print; uchiwa-e)

Snow (Yuki), from the series "Famous Places of Edo, c. 1849-52 (colour woodblock print; uchiwa-e)
5860021 Snow (Yuki), from the series "Famous Places of Edo, c.1849-52 (colour woodblock print; uchiwa-e) by Hiroshige, Ando or Utagawa (1797-1858); 23.2x29.9 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago

Ghost and Oil Lamp, 1810 (hanging scroll, ink, colour and gold on silk)
XOS5881897 Ghost and Oil Lamp, 1810 (hanging scroll, ink, colour and gold on silk) by Bunichi, Tani (1787-1818); 109.2x48.9 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Scroll by Bunichi Tani).

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Snails on a Wall, 1700s (hanging scroll, ink, colour, gold & silver pigments on paper)

Snails on a Wall, 1700s (hanging scroll, ink, colour, gold & silver pigments on paper)
XOS5882718 Snails on a Wall, 1700s (hanging scroll, ink, colour, gold & silver pigments on paper) by Rosetsu, Nagasawa (1754-99); 114.3x40.6 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Landscape with tower, c.1750 (gold, ink & colour on paper)

Landscape with tower, c.1750 (gold, ink & colour on paper)
8893889 Landscape with tower, c.1750 (gold, ink & colour on paper) by Taiga, Ike no (1723-76); Tokyo National Museum, Japan; (add.info)

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The Style of a Feudal Lord's Household (Yashiki-fu), from the series Guide to Contemporary Styles

The Style of a Feudal Lord's Household (Yashiki-fu), from the series Guide to Contemporary Styles (Tosei fuzoku tsu)
5859860 The Style of a Feudal Lord's Household (Yashiki-fu), from the series Guide to Contemporary Styles (Tosei fuzoku tsu), 1795-1806 (color woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The Main Gate, New Yoshiwara, c.1745 (hand-coloured woodblock print; toku-oban yoko-e, beni-e)

The Main Gate, New Yoshiwara, c.1745 (hand-coloured woodblock print; toku-oban yoko-e, beni-e)
5859859 The Main Gate, New Yoshiwara, c.1745 (hand-coloured woodblock print; toku-oban yoko-e, beni-e) by Kiyotada, Torii (fl.c.1720-50); 43.4 x 63.9 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Hotei, from the series 'Comparison of the Treasures of the Gods of Good Fortune

Hotei, from the series "Comparison of the Treasures of the Gods of Good Fortune (Fukujin takara awase)"
5859855 Hotei, from the series "Comparison of the Treasures of the Gods of Good Fortune (Fukujin takara awase)", c.1795 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Eishi

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Procession of a Daimyo, c.1681-84 (hand-coloured woodblock print; oban yoko-e, sumizuri-e)

Procession of a Daimyo, c.1681-84 (hand-coloured woodblock print; oban yoko-e, sumizuri-e)
5859851 Procession of a Daimyo, c.1681-84 (hand-coloured woodblock print; oban yoko-e, sumizuri-e) by Moronobu, Hishikawa (c.1618-1694); 27.2 x 38.1 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Flowers, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu)

Flowers, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu)
5859842 Flowers, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu), c.1814 (colour woodblock print (album sheet)) by Hokusai

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Man Falling Backward, Startled by a Woman's Ghost over a River

Man Falling Backward, Startled by a Woman's Ghost over a River, c.1782 (colour woodblock print; hosoban diptych)
5859820 Man Falling Backward, Startled by a Woman's Ghost over a River, c.1782 (colour woodblock print; hosoban diptych) by Shunsho, Katsukawa (1726-92); The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Akashi of the Tamaya, from the series Seven Komachis of Yoshiwara (Seiro nana Komachi)

Akashi of the Tamaya, from the series Seven Komachis of Yoshiwara (Seiro nana Komachi) (Tamaya uchi Akashi, Uraji)
5859724 Akashi of the Tamaya, from the series Seven Komachis of Yoshiwara (Seiro nana Komachi) (Tamaya uchi Akashi, Uraji, Shimano), c.1794-95 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: In a Pleasure House in Shinagawa (Shinagawa no rojo) (colour woodblock prints; two sheets from an)

In a Pleasure House in Shinagawa (Shinagawa no rojo) (colour woodblock prints; two sheets from an oban triptych)
5859703 In a Pleasure House in Shinagawa (Shinagawa no rojo) (colour woodblock prints; two sheets from an oban triptych) by Eishi, Chobunsai (1756-1829); 38.4 x 25.2 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Tachibanaya Chusha (The actor Ichikawa Yaozo III as Hachiman Taro Minamoto no Yoshiie)

Tachibanaya Chusha (The actor Ichikawa Yaozo III as Hachiman Taro Minamoto no Yoshiie)
5859696 Tachibanaya Chusha (The actor Ichikawa Yaozo III as Hachiman Taro Minamoto no Yoshiie), 1794 (colour woodblock print; aiban) by Sharaku

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Ono no Komachi Washing the Copybook (Soshiarai Komachi), 1735-40

Ono no Komachi Washing the Copybook (Soshiarai Komachi), 1735-40 (hand-coloured woodblock print; hosoban)
5859586 Ono no Komachi Washing the Copybook (Soshiarai Komachi), 1735-40 (hand-coloured woodblock print; hosoban) by Kiyomasu II, Torii (1706-63); 29.6 x 16 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Komurasaki and Gonpachi, from the series 'Fashonable Patterns in Utamaro Style

Komurasaki and Gonpachi, from the series "Fashonable Patterns in Utamaro Style (Ryuko moyo Utamaro-gata)"
5859857 Komurasaki and Gonpachi, from the series "Fashonable Patterns in Utamaro Style (Ryuko moyo Utamaro-gata)", c.1798-99 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The Poetess Shunzei no Musume, from the series The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets

The Poetess Shunzei no Musume, from the series The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets (Nishikizuri onna sanjurokkasen)
5859847 The Poetess Shunzei no Musume, from the series The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets (Nishikizuri onna sanjurokkasen), 1801 (page from a colour woodblock-printed volume) by Eishi

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The Famous Places on the Tokaido in One View (Tokaido meisho ichiran)

The Famous Places on the Tokaido in One View (Tokaido meisho ichiran), 1818 (colour woodblock print; o-oban)
5859839 The Famous Places on the Tokaido in One View (Tokaido meisho ichiran), 1818 (colour woodblock print; o-oban) by Hokusai, Katsushika (1760-1849); 43 x 58 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro V in a 'Shibaraku' Role, Probably as Kato Hyoeisa Shigemitsu

The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro V in a "Shibaraku" Role, Probably as Kato Hyoeisa Shigemitsu
5859817 The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro V in a "Shibaraku" Role, Probably as Kato Hyoeisa Shigemitsu, in the Third Scene of the Play Masakado Kammuri no Hatsuyuki

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The Actors Nakamura Takesaburo I as Kewaizaka no Shosho and Ichikawa Danjuro II as Soga no Goro

The Actors Nakamura Takesaburo I as Kewaizaka no Shosho and Ichikawa Danjuro II as Soga no Goro dressed as a komuso in
5859739 The Actors Nakamura Takesaburo I as Kewaizaka no Shosho and Ichikawa Danjuro II as Soga no Goro dressed as a komuso in the play "Bando Ichi Kotobuki Soga

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: A Test of Skill - the Headwaters of Amorousness (Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami)

A Test of Skill - the Headwaters of Amorousness (Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami)
5859738 A Test of Skill - the Headwaters of Amorousness (Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami): Osan and Mohei (colour woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Kinokuniya Tosshi (The actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Kujaku Saburo Narihira)

Kinokuniya Tosshi (The actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Kujaku Saburo Narihira), 1794 (colour woodblock print; aiban)
5859700 Kinokuniya Tosshi (The actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Kujaku Saburo Narihira), 1794 (colour woodblock print; aiban) by Sharaku

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Ono no Komachi at Seki Temple, from the series The Seven Fashionable Komachi (Furyu nana Komachi)

Ono no Komachi at Seki Temple, from the series The Seven Fashionable Komachi (Furyu nana Komachi)
5859858 Ono no Komachi at Seki Temple, from the series The Seven Fashionable Komachi (Furyu nana Komachi), c.1771 (colour woodblock print; chuban) by Koryusai

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Ohan and Choemon, from the series 'Fashonable Patterns in Utamaro Style (Ryuko moyo Utamaro-gata)'

Ohan and Choemon, from the series "Fashonable Patterns in Utamaro Style (Ryuko moyo Utamaro-gata)"
5859856 Ohan and Choemon, from the series "Fashonable Patterns in Utamaro Style (Ryuko moyo Utamaro-gata)", c.1798-99 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers)

Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers)
5859853 Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers), c.1779-80 (colour woodblock print; chuban) by Shunsho

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Still-Life with Monkey Mask, 1824 (colour woodblock print with metallic pigments; surimono)

Still-Life with Monkey Mask, 1824 (colour woodblock print with metallic pigments; surimono shikishiban)
5859826 Still-Life with Monkey Mask, 1824 (colour woodblock print with metallic pigments; surimono shikishiban) by Hokkei

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Lovers Playing the Same Fute (parody of Xuanzong and Yang Guifei)

Lovers Playing the Same Fute (parody of Xuanzong and Yang Guifei), c.1767 (colour woodblock print; chuban)
5859759 Lovers Playing the Same Fute (parody of Xuanzong and Yang Guifei), c.1767 (colour woodblock print; chuban) by Harunobu, Suzuki (1725-70); 26.8 x 19.7 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Parrot Komachi, from the series The Fashionable Seven Komachi (Furyu nana Komachi)

Parrot Komachi, from the series The Fashionable Seven Komachi (Furyu nana Komachi)
5859725 Parrot Komachi, from the series The Fashionable Seven Komachi (Furyu nana Komachi), c.1788 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Eishi

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The Actor Yamashina Shirojuro as Nagoya Sanzaemon (Yamashina Shirojuro no Nagoya Sanzaemon)

The Actor Yamashina Shirojuro as Nagoya Sanzaemon (Yamashina Shirojuro no Nagoya Sanzaemon)
5859698 The Actor Yamashina Shirojuro as Nagoya Sanzaemon (Yamashina Shirojuro no Nagoya Sanzaemon) (colour woodblock print; hosoban, nishiki-e) by Sharaku

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The Poetess Ukon, from the series The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets

The Poetess Ukon, from the series The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets (Nishikizuri onna sanjurokkasen)
5859852 The Poetess Ukon, from the series The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets (Nishikizuri onna sanjurokkasen), 1801 (page from a colour woodblock-printed volume) by Eishi

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The Poetess Michitsuna no Haha, from the series 'The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets

The Poetess Michitsuna no Haha, from the series "The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets
5859848 The Poetess Michitsuna no Haha, from the series "The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets (Nishikizuri onna sanjurokkasen)", 1801 (pages from a colour woodblock-printed volume) by Eishi

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Yamatoya Tojaku (The Actor Iwai Hanshiro IV as Otoma, Daughter of Ohina from Inamuragasaki in)

Yamatoya Tojaku (The Actor Iwai Hanshiro IV as Otoma, Daughter of Ohina from Inamuragasaki in Kamakura)
5859699 Yamatoya Tojaku (The Actor Iwai Hanshiro IV as Otoma, Daughter of Ohina from Inamuragasaki in Kamakura) (Yondai-me Iwai Hanshiro no Kamakura Inamuragasaki no Ohina musume Otoma)

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Naritaya Sansho (The actor Ichikawa Danjuro VI as Arakawa Taro Takesada)

Naritaya Sansho (The actor Ichikawa Danjuro VI as Arakawa Taro Takesada), 1794 (colour woodblock print; aiban)
5859697 Naritaya Sansho (The actor Ichikawa Danjuro VI as Arakawa Taro Takesada), 1794 (colour woodblock print; aiban) by Sharaku, Toshusai (fl.1794-95); 32.1 x 22.4 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The actors Segawa Tomisaburo II (R) as Yadorigi, wife of Ogishi Kurando, and Nakamura Manyo (L)

The actors Segawa Tomisaburo II (R) as Yadorigi, wife of Ogishi Kurando, and Nakamura Manyo (L)
5859695 The actors Segawa Tomisaburo II (R) as Yadorigi, wife of Ogishi Kurando, and Nakamura Manyo (L) as the servant Wakakusa, 1794 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Sharaku

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Farewell Gift for the Horse (Uma no Senbetsu), from the series 'A Selection of Horses (Uma-zukushi)'

Farewell Gift for the Horse (Uma no Senbetsu), from the series "A Selection of Horses (Uma-zukushi)"
5859591 Farewell Gift for the Horse (Uma no Senbetsu), from the series "A Selection of Horses (Uma-zukushi)", 1822 (colour woodblock print; shikishiban, surimono) by Hokusai

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The Dancing Fox, 1766 (colour woodblock print; chuban)

The Dancing Fox, 1766 (colour woodblock print; chuban)
5859861 The Dancing Fox, 1766 (colour woodblock print; chuban) by Anonymous; 25.2 x 18.8 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA; (add.info.: Unknown artist)

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Goddess Riding a Dragon, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai

Goddess Riding a Dragon, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu)
5859846 Goddess Riding a Dragon, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu), c.1814 (colour woodblock print (album sheet)) by Hokusai

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Hotei Smoking his Pipe, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai

Hotei Smoking his Pipe, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu)
5859844 Hotei Smoking his Pipe, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu), c.1814 (colour woodblock print (album sheet)) by Hokusai

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: The actor Ichikawa Yaozo III as Tanabe Bunzo, 1794 (colour woodblock print; oban)

The actor Ichikawa Yaozo III as Tanabe Bunzo, 1794 (colour woodblock print; oban)
5859701 The actor Ichikawa Yaozo III as Tanabe Bunzo, 1794 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Sharaku, Toshusai (fl.1794-95); 37.9 x 25 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Urashimataro from the triptych Set of Three Sake Cups for the First Month 1800-01

Urashimataro from the triptych Set of Three Sake Cups for the First Month 1800-01 (colour woodblock print)
8618175 Urashimataro from the triptych Set of Three Sake Cups for the First Month 1800-01 (colour woodblock print) by Utamaro

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Geography. Japan. Crossing of a river in Odawara (10th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in

Geography. Japan. Crossing of a river in Odawara (10th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in
3434289 Geography. Japan. Crossing of a river in Odawara (10th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in: Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (1833-1834)

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Geography. Japan. Hara, Mount Fuji in the Morning (13th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in

Geography. Japan. Hara, Mount Fuji in the Morning (13th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in
3434283 Geography. Japan. Hara, Mount Fuji in the Morning (13th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in: Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (1833-1834)

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Actor Onoe Matsusuke II as the Ghost of Seigen, c.1810 (woodblock print nishiki-e)

Actor Onoe Matsusuke II as the Ghost of Seigen, c.1810 (woodblock print nishiki-e, ink & colour on paper)
7886971 Actor Onoe Matsusuke II as the Ghost of Seigen, c.1810 (woodblock print nishiki-e, ink & colour on paper) by Toyokuni

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Geography. Japan. Bridge. Woodcut by Hiroshige in: Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (1833-1834)

Geography. Japan. Bridge. Woodcut by Hiroshige in: Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (1833-1834)
3434293 Geography. Japan. Bridge. Woodcut by Hiroshige in: Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (1833-1834). Postcard, Japan, c.1900 (postcard) by Hiroshige

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Geography. Japan. The Morning glow at the Nihonbashi (1st station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in

Geography. Japan. The Morning glow at the Nihonbashi (1st station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in
3434285 Geography. Japan. The Morning glow at the Nihonbashi (1st station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in: Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (1833-1834)

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Geography. Japan. Hakone Lake (10th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in

Geography. Japan. Hakone Lake (10th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in: Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (1833-1834)
3434284 Geography. Japan. Hakone Lake (10th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in: Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (1833-1834)

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Geography. Japan. Kanagawa (4th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in

Geography. Japan. Kanagawa (4th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in: Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (1833-1834)
3434288 Geography. Japan. Kanagawa (4th station). Woodcut by Hiroshige in: Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (1833-1834)

Background imageTokugawa Period Collection: Winter Snow on the Sumida River, from the series Famous places in Edo in the Four Seasons

Winter Snow on the Sumida River, from the series Famous places in Edo in the Four Seasons (woodblock print)
8307525 Winter Snow on the Sumida River, from the series Famous places in Edo in the Four Seasons (woodblock print) by Hiroshige



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The Tokugawa period, also known as the Edo period, was a time of great artistic expression and cultural development in Japan. Artists like Eishosai Choki captured the beauty of nature with his delicate depiction of catching fireflies in the mid-1790s. Torii Kiyomasu I portrayed Sakata Kintoki wrestling with a Tengu, showcasing the legendary strength and bravery of Japanese warriors during this era. Yabu Chosui's portrait of a rabbit in 1867 reflects the fascination with animals and their symbolic meanings in Japanese art. Ando Hiroshige's Shinmei Shrine in Shiba transports us to famous places in Edo (now Tokyo) during 1858, revealing the architectural grandeur that defined this prosperous period. In a playful parody by an unknown artist from around 1766/67, we see a girl riding a crane, perhaps symbolizing freedom and imagination. Yamamoto Baiitsu's Hibiscus and Magpies from 1847 exemplifies the intricate brushwork and attention to detail that characterized traditional Japanese painting. Woodblock prints were also popular during this time. A color woodcut from around 1825 depicts two warriors smoking pipes at a bridge entrance, capturing both their stoic demeanor and leisurely pastime. Another woodcut shows an artist standing on the back of a man while writing on a column - an amusing portrayal of creativity. The tranquility found within everyday life is showcased through works such as Fisherman Smoking Beside a Stream by an unknown artist circa 1835. Meanwhile, Hokusai's iconic Under The Wave Of Kanagawa immerses us into one of his "36 Views Of Mt. Fuji, " illustrating both natural beauty and man's insignificance against powerful forces. Even mythical creatures take center stage; spectators watch as dragons attack tigers in woodcuts likely created during the early 1910s.