Bon dance (bon odori)

hanging scroll

Japanese Collection

Accession Nr.: 1386
Type: painting; hanging scroll
Date of production:
second half of the 19th century
Meiji era
Place of production:
Acquisition: collected by Péter Vay
Signed: the ink signature of Kikushū
Marks: red stamp
Materials/Techniques: ink and pale colours on paper
Dimensions: height: 136.5 cm
width: 92.3 cm
mirror: 36.7 × 77.3 cm
The painting shows people dancing and making music, with a standing figure in the background whose face is concealed behind a fan. The vibrant outlines create a sense of dynamic movement. The ink signature of Kikushū and a red stamp are visible in the upper right-hand corner.