Posted by Andrew (188.8.131.52) on August 28, 2016 at 01:57:51:
In Reply to: strange scene posted by francis on August 27, 2016 at 11:38:57:
Basically, it's a ritual game at a festival during the Edo-Meiji periods. These are two panels of a three-print set, with the third part of the image missing.
The subject would be fishermen and local (male) residents performing a ritual, in which there are two competing teams, with one team being 'Red' and the other being 'White'. The men can be seen wearing red or white headbands.
They struggle to collect floating balls in the water, possibly representing fishermen's floating buoys. Having captured the 'balls' they deliver these to their team's boat.
Sort of like water polo in that the 'players' compete while swimming. The premise is also similar to 'Tamaseri festival' :
But, they are unrelated, because one takes place in water and the other on land.
The objects in the sky are kites, in the shape of red/white colored balls, and possibly the 'Daruma' figure.
The location appears to be on the coast of the Sagami Bay, and the perspective looking westward toward Mt. Fuji in the background.
I could not figure out the title of the print set, but someone else may fare better, and be able to tell exactly what the festival is.
Unique design and I have not seen this game depicted in ukiyoe prints before
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