Section 139 (Hyaku sanjûkyû dan): Pine and Cherry Branches, from the series Essays in Idleness for the Asakusa Group (Asakusagawa Tsurezuregusa)

「浅草側 つれ/\草 俊満製」 「百三十九段」 松と桜

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820)


Catalogue Raisonné

Egoyomi et surimono (Werner Schindler Bienne Coll. Cat., 1983), cat. no. 20; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 409

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.3 cm (8 3/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.6200

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The full inscription in the square title cartouche reads: “The trees I should like for my house are pine and cherry. Five-needled pines will do. As for cherry blossoms, the single-petaled variety is preferable.” (trans. Donaled Keene)
From section 139 of Tsurezuregusa (a collection of essays by Kenkô, written in the early 1330s).

Inscription

Poem by Shôôan Kôjin (=Iseya Magozaemon)
松桜庵高人

Signed

Shunman sei (in title cartouche)
俊満製

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