Meiji 21st season abridged calendar

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Meiji 21st Season Abridged Calendar

by Utagawa Fusatane, 1888

Nakamura Shikan IV , Ichikawa Sadanji and Onoe Kikugorō V in Kagamiyama wakabo no momiji at the Chitoseza

IHL Cat. #433

About This Print

The whole title contained in the decorative cartouche on the right in the upper half of the print reads 明治二十一季略暦 - 'Meiji 21st season abridged calendar' - and the print is a ryakureki (略暦), a single-page calendar (see for instance http://against-the-day.pynchonwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Time_in_Old_Japan ).1

Ryakureki (literally "abbreviated calendars") were popular through the Meiji period and often had auspicious illustrations such as the mouse/rat processional2 and seven lucky gods depicted in this print.

Long and short months are shown in outside columns of table.

1 This information courtesy of Hans Olof Johansson in response to my posting on his Ukiyoe Q&A websitehttp://www.ukiyo-e.se/The 季 character (season) is just a replacement for 年 (year).

2 1888 was the year of the rat

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #433
 Title or Description  Meiji 21st season abridged calendar
 Artist  Utagawa Fusatane (active 1854-1888)
 Signature  Fusatane hitsu
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  1888
 Publisher
小森 宗治郎 Komori Sōjirō [Kiya Sōjirō]. [Marks: pub. ref. 252; seal not shown]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition good - full size sheet; minor soiling; printers marks in margin
 Genre  ukiyo-e (ryakureki)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (37.5 x 24.8 cm)
 H x W Image 13 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (34 x 22.2 cm)
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