Hibiscus Flowers Cannot Compare to Her Beauty (Fuyô oyobazu bijin no yosooi): Hanamurasaki of the Tamaya

「芙蓉不及美人粧 玉屋内 花紫」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Keisai Eisen (Japanese, 1790–1848), Publisher Moritaya Hanzô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen (2012), list #282 (triptych; no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.4 x 26.1 cm (15 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.17873

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of incomplete triptych.

The title of the triptych is a line from a Chinese poem by Wang Changling (698-756).

Signed

Ôkô Eisen ga

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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