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Monkey Performance

Yamawaki Tōki

Artwork Details

Monkey Performance
1st half of the 19th century
Yamawaki Tōki
2-fold screen, ink, gold dust, and color on paper
58 7/16 in. x 27 3/4 in. ( 148.5 cm x 70.5 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

Monkey performances or Sarumawashi was a common form of entertainment in Edo Japan. This included dressing up and performing comedic skits or showing off acrobatics of Japanese macaques. The artist, Yamawaki Toki was a pupil of Matsumura Goshun and they both shared a love for comedy in their paintings. 

Physical Description:

This is a painting on a 2-fold screen with gold dust. The subject is two human figures and a monkey. The background is covered in gold dust. On the leftmost panel is one figure and above him to the left is an inscription, the author's name. Following the writing is a small red seal. The figure is sitting down and smiling towards the right holding a string. On the right panel is the monkey and a person behind it. The monkey is wearing human-like clothes and stands on its hind legs. The person behind it follows and laughs. Although this man is wearing a hat, he is wearing white clothes similar to the man behind him on the other panel. The monkey wears red and a hat.  

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