Concubine (Mekake) (right), Weaver (Hataori) (left), from the book Comparisons of the Customs of Women (Onna fûzoku shinasadame)

「女風俗品さだめ 妾」 「女風俗品さだめ 機織」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://togetter.com/li/905917; Collier-Suzuki, Complete Prints of Utamaro (2009), #s 115.6 and 115.9

Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 20.4 x 28.1 cm (8 1/16 x 11 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21688

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Joint image: 11.21689 (top), 11.21688 (bottom).

Inscription

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 妾
妻をめとるハ子孫相続のためなれどもその女の性によって子なき時ハ妾を抱へて血脈の絶へざらん事を求む。色に溺るゝ類にハあらず。

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 機織
應神天皇の御時新羅より呉服(くれはどり)穴織(あやはどり)といへる機女を奉れり。この機女摂津の国池田の里にありてさまざまの機を織しより始まる。

Signed

Utamaro ga (on each design)
歌麿画

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