Re: comets

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Posted by Philip Callier on April 04, 1998 at 06:48:29:

In Reply to: comets posted by Suzanne Crawford on April 04, 1998 at 00:32:22:

: do you know of any Ukiyo-e showing a comet? Or anything with telescopes or astronomers? I have a lacquer bos that I am trying to date and attribute and I thought I might get a clue here. do you know if Ukiyo-e scenes were ever translated into boxes or other media?
: I know this is a bit far afield, but any help you can give would be much appreciated.
: Sincerely, Suzanne Crawford

I don't know whether this is what you are looking for, but there is a picture of a print by Sadahide (1807-ca.1878) showing a couple of Dutch people, with the man holding a "telescope". The picture is found in Ann Yonemura's book "Yokohama, Prints from Nineteeth Century Japan", Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 1990, page 113. Note that this "telescope" does not seem to have much to do with comets, as the text explains that "telescopes were already in use in Japan by the end of the eighteeth century, when they were featured in teahouses for the entertainment of patrons who could use them to explore scenic views".

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