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Artist: Hosoda Eishi (細田栄之)

Print: Party on the daifuku (大福) pleasure boat

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Dates: 1796 - 1797,created
Dimensions: 29.5 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Eishi zu (栄之図)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (senichi-han seal)
(Marks 180 - seal 25-365)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Ritsumeikan (center panel b/w); Ritsumeikan (left panel b/w); Lyon (another example);Ritsumeikan (right panel b/w); Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, Krakow - the left panel only; Metropolitan Museum of Art - Kiyonaga triptych from ca. 1785; Metropolitan Museum of Art - a different Eishi triptych from ca. 1792;

Physical description:

A young man is entertained by seven young beauties on the Daifuku Pleasure Boat.

Bibliography: Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #562; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 213, list no. 276; Ukiyo-e shūka 8 (1980), Eishi list, #71< p>Boating scenes with elegant courtesans are one of Eishi's favorite motifs. There are a number of other multi-panel prints, mainly triptychs, showing variations on this theme. Kiyonaga created similar scenes of pleasure boats almost ten years earlier. (See the link at the Metropolitan Museum above.)

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Daifuku (大福) means great fortune or good luck. It is also what the first tea of the New Year is called. Perhaps this triptych represents a celebration of that event. However, the inclusion of the irises and the style of clothing would place this setting closer to the fifth month of the year.