staying cool / 納涼図

August 23, 2013

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3 March 1978, Japan
Staying Cool under the arbour of evening glory
by Kusumi Morikage  (c. 1620–1690)
2nd National Treasure Series
layout: Saburo Watanabe

In the past at the height of summer, Japanese went outdoors to enjoy the cool air.  This is no longer possible, as no cool air is breezing through town since the exhaust from the air conditioners are out onto the streets.

This painting is regarded as the most subtle national treasure and it depicts a family sitting under a trellis.  The original shows that someone added the Yukata on top of husband’s body, but the wife was left as she was.  It is interesting to know that the female topless was fine at that time.

昭和53年3月3日発行
第2次国宝シリーズ 第8集
原画:久隅守景画『夕顔棚納涼図屏風』(17世紀)
切手デザイン:渡辺三郎

今度は「のんびり涼しそうな」情景の切手です。

この原画は日本一地味な国宝と言われているそうです。切手になっても地味ですが、よく見ると、家族三人が葉の茂った棚の下で涼んでいる、なんだか楽しそうな光景なのでした。

面白いのは、拡大図を見ると、ふんどし一丁でくつろいでいた夫には後に衣が描き足されたのに、上半身裸の妻はそのままです。誰かに配慮して加筆した人にとって、女性のトップレスはOKだったのですね。

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