Pictures of Excursions Through the Famous Sites of the Capital (Rakuyo meisho kan’yu-e)

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Artist: Kawashima Shigenobu (ca. 1722-1744)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 2nd quarter 18th century
Ink, color, and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 33.3 x 876.3 cm (13 1/8 x 345 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
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Currently not on view


celebration, Edo period (1615 - 1868), festival, horse, Japan, landscape, racing, sport, torii gate, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

This section of a scroll from a pair of long handscrolls depicts sites in Kyoto, the imperial capital of Japan from the late eighth to the late nineteenth century. Spectators line long fences to enjoy the annual horse races held at the Kamigamo Shinto shrine. The horses race at the entrance of the shrine, which is marked by the distinctive red shrine gate (torii). This annual festival was held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, the date on which the traditional Boys' Festival was also celebrated.

Published References
  • Ann McClellan. The Cherry Blossom Festival. Boston. p. 21.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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