A Modern Version of the Story of Ushiwakamaru Serenading Jôruri-hime

見立て浄瑠璃姫

Japanese
Edo period
about 1785 (Tenmei 5)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0707 (#707A, first edition, pl. LXX; #707B, second edition, pl. LXXVII); Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #30.1-3; Ukiyo-e shûka 10 (1979), pls. 210-2 (Grabhorn collection, first state of first edition)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.4 x 25.9 cm (15 1/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

34.359

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center sheet of incomplete triptych. First edition, first state.
MFA impressions, all first edition, various states:
Right sheet: 11.13885 (second state), 11.13975 (key block, second state), 11.25128 (first state), 21.7505 (third state)
Center sheet: 11.13976 (key block, second state), 11.25130 (first state), 21.7504 (first state), 34.359 (first state)
Left sheet: 11.25129 (second state), 21.7503 (first state), 34.358 (first state)

Signed

Kiyonaga ga

清長画

Provenance

1934, bequest of Nellie Parney Carter to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 4, 1934)

Credit Line

Nellie Parney Carter Collection—Bequest of Nellie Parney Carter