A Low Tide Pentaptych



Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川 国芳

(Japanese, 1797–1861)
Each: 21.2 x 18.4 cm (8 3/8 x 7 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view
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A pentaptych is a composition of five parts.


Five surimono 刷物, privately commissioned prints known literally as "printed things," make up this image of women collecting sea life at low tide. Ten poems written by members of a poetry salon appear across the upper part of the composition. All but one contain the words "low tide," with the remaining poem describing abalone as a sought-after jewel.
A Low Tide Pentaptych

A Low Tide Pentaptych


Utagawa Kuniyoshi

(Japanese, 1797–1861)
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868)

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