Izumi Shikibu, Left Sheet (Hidari) of a Triptych of Beauties (Bijin sanpukutsui)

「美人三幅対 和泉式部 左」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Nishimura Shigenobu (Japanese, active about 1724–1735), Publisher Maruya Kuzaemon


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 149; left sheet of triptych (Lady Ise): Ukiyo-e taisei 2 (1931), #190

Dimensions

Hosoban; 31.9 x 14.8 cm (12 9/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19184

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Two sheets of the triptych: 11.19184 (right), 11.19185 (center sheet).

In early hosoban triptychs, “left” and “right” often (but not always) mean “proper left” and “proper right,” that is, right and left respectively as seen by the viewer.

Signed

Nishimura Shigenobu hitsu

西村重信筆

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