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Flute Player, from an untitled set of Five Musicians (Gonin-bayashi)

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Hirano points out that the designs on the kimono suggest the Five Festivals, as follows: Chanter: New Year (1/1) Flute Player: The Doll Festival (3/3) Small Hand Drum: The Boys' Festival (5/5) Large Hand Drum: The Tanabata Festival (7/7) Drum on Stand: The Chrysanthemum Festival (9/9)


Kiyonaga ga 清長画


Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1783 (Tenmei 3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0556; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #227.2, and pl. 109


Vertical chûban; 26.4 x 19.6 cm (10 3/8 x 7 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper