Jul 3, 2014

Binzasara, A Dance with Clappers (From the series Entertainments at the Height of the Niwaka Festival in the Pleasure Quarters)

Binzasara, A Dance with Clappers (From the series Entertainments at the Height of the Niwaka Festival in the Pleasure Quarters)

early 1790s

Eishōsai Chōki 栄松斎 長喜

(Japanese)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 24.5 x 18.2 cm (9 5/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.174

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During the eighth lunar month of each year the geisha of the pleasure quarters would form themselves into groups and proceed around the quarter performing dances and skits. It seems likely that woodblock prints featuring the Niwaka Festival were purchased as souvenirs of the occasion. The Binzasara is a ritual dance related to agriculture and fertility performed during the month of May. Agricultural deities are addressed by the use of flowered hats and binzasara clappers.

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Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Print

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