No. 10 from the series Women Engaged in the Sericulture Industry (Joshoku kaiko tewaza-gusa)

「女織蚕手業草 十」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1798–1800 (Kansei 10–12)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #105.10; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 138.3.2; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #158; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 325-6 (this design not shown)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.8 x 26 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

19.156

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 19.156, 21.7330, 34.250

Inscription

糸綿を択み分る図

簇(まゆはり)より糸をおろし
色白くいさぎよきを細糸のまゆとし
色黒きを粗糸乃まゆとす
真綿に引ても上中下をゑらみ分ち
形を作りて束綿幾ばく把とするなり

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

Provenance

1919, acquired by exchange from Yamanaka & Co. (Accession date: May 1, 1919)

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection