Description The artist pokes fun at the tightrope walking fad of the 1860s by presenting a veritable traffic jam. Seventeen people vie for space on the four overlapping ropes. Distracted by the confusion, the woman at right does not seem to be aware that someone is peeking up her kimono!
Provenance C. Robert Snell, Oriental Arts & Antiques, Timonium, Maryland; purchased by Justine Lewis Keidel, Owings Mills, Maryland, after 1971; given to Walters Art Museum, 1991.
Inscriptions [Signature] Hammoto oju Kuniteru ga ; [Seal] [tama seal unread]
Credit Gift of Justine Lewis Keidel, 1991
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