OTSU-E - POPULAR JAPANESE FOLK PAINTINGS
This genre of folk painting contains themes that range from wishes for good luck, happiness and prosperity to warnings about correct social behavior and attitudes. The paintings are at once frivolous, light-hearted and disarming, providing an amusing blend of auspicious symbols and social commentary. As such, they are at once delightful works of art and valuable cultural documents.
The name Otsu-e is derived from the place where these paintings were sold, in and around the post town of Otsu, which lay on the Tokaido Road running between Edo (present day Tokyo) and Kyoto. Shops in Otsu sold these paintings as souvenirs to passing travelers. The paintings in this collection are duplicates from the Pacific Asia Museum and were formerly in the collection of Manly P. Hall.
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