Kitchen at the Bridegroom’s House. Series “the Life of the Japanese”. Kawahara Keiga.

Kitchen at the Bridegroom’s House. Series “the Life of the Japanese”.
Collection MAE RAS: № 13-34/39(14)
Image ID: 3708333
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Museum inventory number:
№ 13-34/39(14)
Title:
Kitchen at the Bridegroom’s House. Series “the Life of the Japanese”.
Author:
Kawahara Keiga
Dating:
1820-s
Location:
Japan
Materials:
silk textile, Japanese watercolours, ink, Japanese washigami paper, glue
Technics:
painting on silk
Dimensions, cm:
32.5 × 43.7
Collector:
Siebold, von Philipp Frantz
Commentation:
List portrays a kitchen at the house of the bridegroom, where food for the wedding ceremony is being prepared. Through the small window on the left we can see a menu (suimono, "water things," are things to drink, suimono "slurping things" are soups drunk from bowls). The spiny lobsters and sea bream tails are symbols of success and celebration (in a bit of word play, the sea bream’s Japanese name tai alludes to the word medetai "congratulations." A kamado cooking stove can be seen inside the kitchen-house interior.