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210122-0006-OS - Sensu Fan Makers


Nagoya Meiji 1870s Utagawa Hiroshige III

Woodblock print of Japanese female artisans making sensu folding fans in Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture.

Original title: Making folding fans in Nagoya, Bishu (尾州名古屋扇折の図) from the series Products of Greater Japan (大日本物産圖會, Dai Nippon Bussan Zue) by Utagawa Hiroshige III (三代目 歌川広重, 1842?-1894). Published in Tokyo by Okura Magobei (大倉孫兵衛) in 1877 (Meiji 10).

Bishu is another name for Owari Province (the western half of current Aichi Prefecture).

The series was published just before the opening of the First National Industrial Exposition (第1回内国勧業博覧会) in Tokyo’s Ueno Park on August 21, 1877.

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