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Takashima Ohisa, from an untitled series of rebus prints

about 1795 (Kansei 7)

Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I, Japanese, (?)–1806 Publisher Matsumura Tatsuemon, Japanese


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

1999.228

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia , Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The square cartouche contains a rebus including Ohisa's name, which might be read as "Takashima (O)hisa getting dressed in the evening" (Takashima Hisa mijitaku no ban). The narrow rectangular gives hints about her age: "the days when the evening is dark link and the day of the big Asakusa holiday link" (Yoiyami no hi to Asakusa no ômonobi).
MFA impressions: 21.6410, 1999.228

Provenance

Mary Stevenson Cassatt (b. 1844 - d. 1926); until 1999, by descent within the family of Mary Cassatt; 1999, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: June 23, 1999)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift