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RAT - Jukihime, from series Mitate dzunisi
AMM Gr-7645
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Masterpiece

The print “Yukihime,” from the series Mitate dzjunisi, is one of the most comprehensive examples of Japanese art’s poetically picturesque style, where the message is disclosed, and becomes increasingly interesting, if the viewer is familiar with the story behind the work. This print depicts one of Kabuki theater’s most famous princesses, Yukihime. The story holds that an evildoer tied up the princess, though she escaped thanks to a rat she had drawn with her feet in the scattered cherry leaves. The print was so real that the rat came to life. At the same time, viewers may enjoy this work of art without knowing this story, simply by observing the shape and gracefulness of the forms. The depth of our critical understanding of a particular work of art doesn’t take away from our ability to enjoy the artist’s creation.

History of the Object
The twelve events in the series Mitate dzjunisi are stories about the twelve signs of the zodiac. The drawings depict actors during performances. The museum owns four drawings from this series. The drawings come from the collection of Dr. Pyotr Alekseyev, the son of a Moscow trader, who received his diploma from the University of Moscow in 1872. Alekseyev worked in Riga for more than forty years (the anniversary of his forty-year service in Riga was celebrated in 1912) and traveled a great deal, visiting Japan and China in 1894.

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Type
Print 
Materials
polychrome woodblock print on paper 
Measurements
35 cm x 24,7 cm 
Creator name
Itijusai Kunijosi 
Creator date
1798-1861 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1843-1845 
Function
artwork 
Acquisition
The drawing has been in the collection since 1974; before this time, the work was located in the Academic Library, which had received the drawing as a gift.  
Copyright
Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia 
Museum
Art Museum Riga Bourse 
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