Takashima Ohisa, from an untitled series of rebus prints
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
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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
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)