Meiji 21st season abridged calendar

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Meiji 21st Season Abridged Calendar

by Utagawa Fusatane, 1888

Nakamura Shikan IV , Ichikawa Sadanji and Onoe Kikugorō V in Kagamiyama wakabo no momiji at the Chitoseza

IHL Cat. #433

About This Print

The whole title contained in the decorative cartouche on the right in the upper half of the print reads 明治二十一季略暦 - 'Meiji 21st season abridged calendar' - and the print is a ryakureki (略暦), a single-page calendar.1 

Ryakureki (literally "abbreviated calendars") were popular through the Meiji period and often had auspicious illustrations such as the mouse/rat processional2 and seven lucky gods depicted in this print.

Long and short months are shown in outside columns of table.

(For more information on the subject see the article "Time in Old Japan" ).

1 This information courtesy of Hans Olof Johansson in response to my posting on his Ukiyoe Q&A website 季 character (season) is just a replacement for 年 (year).

2 1888 was the year of the rat

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Meiji 21st season abridged calendar
 Artist  Utagawa Fusatane (active 1854-1888)
Fusatane hitsu 斎房種筆
 Seal  none
 Publication Date 1888
小森 宗治郎 Komori Sōjirō [Kiya Sōjirō]. [Marks: pub. ref. 252; seal not shown]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - full size sheet; minor soiling; printers marks in margin
 Genre ukiyo-e (ryakureki)
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (37.5 x 24.8 cm)
 H x W Image 13 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (34 x 22.2 cm)

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