No. 11 from the series Women Engaged in the Sericulture Industry (Joshoku kaiko tewaza-gusa)

「女織蚕手業草 十一」

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 #105.11; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 138.3.3; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #159; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 325-6 (this design not shown)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.4 x 25.6 cm (15 1/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.7331

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 19.157, 21.7331, 34.251

Inscription

蚕の神を祭る事ハむかし
軻遇突智(かぐつち)埴山姫(はにやまひめ)に逢て
雅産霊(わかむすび)を産
此神の頭に蚕と桑となれり 故に
日本にてハ雅産霊を祭るへきものか
人皇二十二代雄略天皇乃御后みつから養蚕し給ふ
唐土にてハ黄帝の后 西綾氏を始とする也

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

Provenance

June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection