Beautiful Hair, of All Things in a Woman, Is Most Likely to Catch a Man's Eye (Onna wa kami no medetakaran koso hito no me tatsubekarame), from the series Essays in Idleness (Tsurezuregusa)

「徒然草」 「女はかみのめてたからんこそ人の目たつへかめれ」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1831–2 (Tenpô 2–3)


Dimensions

Shikishiban; 19.8 x 18 cm (7 13/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.25452

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From section 9 of Tsurezuregusa (a collection of essays by Kenkô, written in the early 1330s); translation by Donald Keene.
Commissioned by the Manjiren poetry circle.

Signed

Hokkei
北渓

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection