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Takashima Ohisa, from an untitled series of rebus prints

Japanese
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Publisher Matsumura Tatsuemon (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #212; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), p. 241, #491.3.1, and pl. 145; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 195.1.3

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

Signed

Utamaro hitsu

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