Flute Player, from an untitled set of Five Musicians (Gonin-bayashi)

五人囃子 笛

Japanese
Edo period
about 1783 (Tenmei 3)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0556; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #227.2, and pl. 109

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 26.4 x 19.6 cm (10 3/8 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.8412

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Hirano points out that the designs on the kimono suggest the Five Festivals, as follows:
Chanter: New Year (1/1)
Flute Player: The Doll Festival (3/3)
Small Hand Drum: The Boys’ Festival (5/5)
Large Hand Drum: The Tanabata Festival (7/7)
Drum on Stand: The Chrysanthemum Festival (9/9)

Signed

Kiyonaga ga
清長画

Provenance

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection