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Three Young Women in Autumn Patterns

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Three Young Women in Autumn Patterns

Edo Period (1600-1868)
15 5/16 x 10 1/2 in. (38.9 x 26.7 cm)

Kikukawa Eizan
Japanese (1787 - 1867) Designer

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color woodcut
Credit Line: Transfer from the Art Department of the University of Rochester
Accession Number: 1997.114
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Location: Not currently on view
Publisher: Unidentified mark

The youth of these three female figures is implicit in their attire of the long-sleeve, boldly-patterned furisode kimono appropriate for young unmarried women. Shown behind them is a hagi, or autumn bush-clover, and all three women wear chrysanthemum designs appropriate to the season. The kimono of the woman on the right has a design of kiku, or cultivated chrysanthemums; the sash is decorated with a hand-drum pattern. The kimono of the woman in the center has an early-autumn pink crest and a design of rangiku, or wild-chrysanthemums; her sash has a kiku-tatewaku chrysanthemum pattern. The woman on the left wears a kimono sporting a small marugiku chrysanthemum design; the sash is decorated with a kumo-tatewaku cloud pattern. She also wears sprays of bush-clover blossoms in her head-covering, which is the sort used by upper-class women to protect their hair on outings.

Prints like these are called kiku-zukushi, or "every sort of chrysanthemum," which stems from the general term tsukushi-e, or pictures that focus on showing a number of items of a single category.

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