Shamisen, No. 1 (Sono ichi) from the series The Three Musical Instruments (Sankyoku)

「三曲 其一」 三味線

Japanese
Edo period
about 1820s
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)


Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #41; Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #1 (triptych); Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), pl. 115 (triptych); Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #244

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 18.6 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1932

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of incomplete triptych; 11.20488 is left sheet.

MFA impressions: 00.1932, 11.20483

Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 165.

Inscription

Poem by Saieitei Mochimaru: Hosozao no/ tsurube ni kumeru/ wakamizu no/ mizu-jôshi ni mo/ awasu uguisu

Poem by Sekigentei Namio: Sangen no/ ito mo ichi Fuji/ ni agari ya/ takane ni utau/ haru no hikizome

Signed

Gakutei Sadaoka hitsu

Provenance

January 1900, purchased at the Brinkley-Condor Sale by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession Date: January 9, 1900)

Credit Line

General Funds