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Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Bijin carrying a janome-gasa or snake's eye umbrella
with 3 fan motifs, one with the Zodiac sign of the tiger -
one panel of a triptych? - Yayoi (弥生), the 3rd month

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Dates: 1811,created
Dimensions: 10.75 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
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Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Tsuruya Kinsuke (Marks 554 seal 06-002)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Gyōji seal: Tsurukin (1811-14)

Related links: Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Toyokuni I with fans with rat zodiac sign; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Toyokuni I triptych with fans with dog zodiac sign;

Physical description:

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna notes that all of the symbols on the fans in the upper part of this print are representative of the 3rd month, yayoi: the tiger, the yamabuki flowers and the covered jar with two cups which often appear on the shelving of the doll's festival.

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The three fans at the top are decorated with yamabuki flowers on the right, a covered saké container with cups in the center and on the left one with a tiger and bamboo looking like a sumi-e painting.

The peony decoration on the woman's outer robe and umbrella may very well represent the 'logo' for a particular house of assignation.

There are quite a few other prints from this series in the Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna.

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Similar prints from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston might indicate that this print in the Lyon Collection is only one panel of a triptych.