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Illustration of Wedding Ceremony of the Noble Couple

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Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illustration of Wedding Ceremony of the Noble Couple

by Watanabe Nobukazu, 1900

IHL Cat. #1327

About This Print

One of a number of similar prints designed by Nobukazu and published in 1900 (see below) to popularize the ceremonies around the wedding of twenty-one year old Crown Prince Yoshihito to sixteen year old Kujō Sadako, daughter of Duke Michitaka Kujō.  

From the time of the decision of the prince's marriage on August 21, 1899 to the marriage ceremony itself on May 10, 1900 , a series of newly fabricated events, including the marriage ceremony itself, had been instituted by the newly formed Imperial Institutions Investigatory Bureau (teishitsu seido chōsa kyoku), which was tasked with studying European monarchy practices in order to "create a modern monarchy that they believed would represent a level of civility equal to that of the West..."1

1 Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan, T. Fujitani, University of California Press, 1998, p. 118.


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Picture of Wedding Ceremony of the Noble Couple

A Variant Printing

The publisher created at least one other impression of this print with a slightly different color scheme, as shown below.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title Illustration of Wedding Ceremony of the Noble Couple
高位婚礼式之図 Kōi konreishiki no zu 
 Artist Watanabe Nobukazu (1872-1944)

ōju Yōsai
 Seal no seal
 Publication Date 1900 February 三年二
Hasegawa Tsunejirō 長谷川常次郎 [Marks: pub. ref. 469; seal  ref. 26-012] seal of the publishing firm Shimizuya Tsunejir
reading from right to left:
明治卅三年月 日印刷
[Meiji 33 3rd month 24th day printed]
仝年月 日発行
[Meiji 33 3rd month 27th day published] 
[publisher's address]
印刷兼 発行者 長谷川常次郎
[printed and published Hasegawa Tsunejirō]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - 3 panels joined; not backed; trimmed to image; paper wrinkling; horizontal fold
 Genre ukiyo-e; kaika-e
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 14 x 27 3/4 in. (35.6 x 70.5 cm)
 H x W Image same as image

 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boson 2000.257a-c; National Library of Australia Bib ID 5009992
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