Five Teahouse Waitresses as the Five Men of the Karigane Gang

茶屋娘見立雁金五人男

Japanese
Edo period
about 1793 (Kansei 5)
Artist Chôbunsai Eishi (Japanese, 1756–1829), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Motegi et al, Musical Instruments (Ôta Memorial Museum, 2005), #54; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 7, Musee Guimet II (1990), pl. 74; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eishi list, #133; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 127, list no. 150

Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 24.8 x 37.6 cm (9 3/4 x 14 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

54.338

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The identities of the women are indicated by the crests on the noren (curtain) above and the patterns on their aprons; each wears the crest of the man she represents on her kimono.
From the right:
Kikumoto Ohan as Kaminari Shôkurô
Tachibanaya Otatsu as Kyokuin Sen’emon
Naniwaya Okita as Karigane Bunshichi
Takashima Ohisa as An no Heibei
Nakamuraya Omoyo (?) as Hotei Ichiemon

Signed

Eishi ga

栄之画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

Provenance

1954, by exchange from Worcester Art Museum to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 8, 1954)

Credit Line

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—Worcester Art Museum exchange, made possible through the Special Korean Pottery Fund, Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution, and Smithsonian Institution—Chinese Expedition, 1923–24