Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Triptych of a pilgrimage to Enoshima (嶋もうで花の江戸旅)

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Dates: 1844,created
Dimensions: 29.72 in,14.57 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signature: Kunisada aratame nidaime Toyokuni ga (Kunisada changing his name to Toyokuni II drew this picture)
Publisher: Sa (Marks U258 - seal 17-002)
Censor's seal: Tanaka

Related links: Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - left panel; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - center panel; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - right panel; Victoria and Albert Museum;

Physical description:

The blue and white cloth wrapped around the head of the woman in the center panel is decorated with the toshidama, the crest used as a personal seal for Kunisada and other members of the Utagawa group. There is another triptych by Toyokuni III of three women visiting the beach at Enoshima in the Ritsumeikan University collection. In that one too, a beautiful woman is wearing a protective head cloth decorated with the same blue on white toshidama design, but arranged somewhat differently. That triptych dates from about the same time as the one in the Lyon Collection, but has a different publisher.

The woman on the right is bent over retying her right sandal. She is holding on to her blue and white cloth with her teeth to keep it from blowing away in the wind. The cloths were used to protect women's elaborate hairdos. Workmen also used them to tie around their heads to keep the sweat out of their eyes.