A woman hanging a scroll for the New Year


  • Title

    A woman hanging a scroll for the New Year

  • Series

    Activities of the Twelve Months

  • Artist/maker

    Torii Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815) (designer)
  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1783
  • Material and technique

    woodblock, printed with water-based vegetable pigments

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  • Dimensions

    mount 81 x 28.6 cm (height x width)
    print 68 x 11.5 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by Mrs E. M. Allan and Mr and Mrs H. N. Spalding from the Herbert H. Jennings Collection, 1952.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    A lady has just opened a box of scrolls and she is hanging one of them depicting a bamboo. In front of her lies some kagami-mochi (round rice cakes offered to the god) with a red lobster and a young pine tree, traditional New Year decorations. The flying crane design of her kimono symbolizes long life and auspiciousness. On the lid of the box is written 'Kanō-sai ga' and 'sampuku' which means three pieces painted by Kanō-sai.

    Before the reform of the calendar, Japanese New Year was in Spring.

Glossary of terms

vegetable pigments

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