Koto Teacher (Koto shinan) (right), Etiquette Teacher (Shoreihô) (left), from the book Comparisons of the Customs of Women (Onna fûzoku shinasadame)

「女風俗品さだめ 琴指南」 「女風俗品さだめ 諸禮方」

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), #s 115.15 and 115.14

Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 20.4 x 28 cm (8 1/16 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

11.21693

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 琴指南
和琴の起こりハ神代に弓六張をならべて弦を打ち鳴らせしを始めとせり。近世八橋検校作り出せる所にして表組七ッ裏組六ッ合せて十三組といふ外に新組十一あり秘曲ハ流によりて別あり。

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 諸禮方
大礼三百曲禮三千とて唐倭ともに其式多し。まづ礼の大意と云ハその身の分限をよくわきまへ知る事を肝要とするなれバよく心を責めて努め行ふべし。

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