Geisha (right), Woman of Ohara (Oharame) (left), from the book Comparisons of the Customs of Women (Onna fûzoku shinasadame)

「女風俗品さだめ 芸者」 「女風俗品さだめ 大原女」

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), #115.19

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

11.21685

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Joint image: 11.21693 (top), 11.21685 (bottom).

Inscription

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 芸者
上方にてハおどりこと云ゝ古代ハ舞子など(といへる。遊人の酒興につきて三味線を業とす。

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 大原女
建礼門院世を厭ひて大原に隠れ給ふ。従ふ局内侍黒木を売て生計とす。官女なれバ脚絆履く事を知らず向ふにて合せられたるゆへ今もつて黒木売の脚絆前すねにて合せる此異風なり。

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