Jul 25, 2014

Women Chasing Crickets on an Autumn Moor

Women Chasing Crickets on an Autumn Moor

early 1790s

Chōbunsai Eishi 鳥文斎栄之

(Japanese, 1756-1829)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 36.9 x 25.2 cm (14 1/2 x 9 15/16 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.1045



In the waning days of summer, autumn insects begin to sing, heralding the approach of autumn. The two courtesans and their servant chase crickets among flowering bush clover, one of the flowers of autumn. In the background ancient courtiers enjoy the same pastime. Note the plovers, or chidori, on the kimono of the woman on the left. These are shorebirds that migrate through Japan during the autumn and spring. Chidori in flight have been a favored theme of art and poetry for more than a thousand years in Japan.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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