An image of (Emperor Antoku and his nurse)

Toyohara Kunichika

(Japan 1835 – 1900)

(Emperor Antoku and his nurse)

Location
Not on display
Further information

This image might be part of triptych or diptych.

Produced in the mid to late 19th century, the period often referred to as the 'decadent' period of ukiyo-e; the subject matter reflects the feeling of unrest in Japan when the Shogunate Government was losing its grip on the rising powers of merchants & progressive regions. The subtlety of the pleasure seeking 'floating world' of earlier times gave way to depictions of emotional drama or violence taken from historical battles, stories of heroic deeds & the kabuki theatre. This period also produced intimate images of ordinary women in a manner which suggests an influence of Western paintings.

Kunichika started publishing the actor series in 1869.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
late 19th century
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut
Dimensions
35.1 x 23.5 cm image; 41.7 x 28.2 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Dr Roderick Bain 1997
Accession number
163.1997