Ono no Komachi, Left Sheet (Hidari), from the triptych Three Queens of Japanese Poetry (Waka sankô)

「和歌三后 小野小町 左」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1740
Artist Torii Kiyomasu II (Japanese, 1706–1763), Publisher Hiranoya Kohachi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Sotheby's NY sale cat. 5488, Sept. 24, 1986, lot 1; Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 103; Ukiyo-e zenshû I (1957), fig. 89

Dimensions

Hosoban; 31.2 x 14.1 cm (12 5/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.5437

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (beni-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and metallic powder

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

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. In this case, however, “left” is most likely “viewer’s left” or “proper right.”

Signed

Gakô Torii Kiyomasu
画工鳥居清倍

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