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Japanese
Edo period
about 1797–99 (Kansei 9–11)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Yamadaya Sanshirô


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #286; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #342.1-5, and pls. 170-174; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 26.2.1-4, 27.2.1; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #414; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #343; Utamaro Ukiyo-e shû (1926), #51 (incomplete)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban pentaptych; 38 x 126.4 cm (14 15/16 x 49 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.7721-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Pentaptych, left to right: 21.7721, 21.7722, 21.7723, 21.7724, 21.7725

MFA impressions:
Complete pentaptych, benigirai: 21.7721-5
Three left sheets, benigirai: 11.14406VR (11.14406, 11.14407, 11.14423)
Two right sheets, later edition in full color: 11.14453-4

Signed

Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet)
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

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