Eastern Beauties at a Poetry Meeting (Azuma bijin yomi kai [?])

「東美人詠会」ヵ

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 6th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Sonoharaya Shôsuke (Japanese), Blockcutter Tanaka Hori Ushi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

00.1067, 00.1068, 00.1333

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 00.1067 (right), 00.1068 (left), 00.1333 (center)

The last two characters of the title are unclear; this is the best guess. The beauties are writing poems on slips of colored paper as decorations for the Tanabata festival.

Signed

Kunichika ga (on right and left sheets)
国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ushi, in gourd shape
改印:子六改
彫師:彫牛

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock