Takashima Ohisa (Takashima Ohisa)

高名美人判じ絵集 「高嶋おひさ」 合わせ鏡

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Matsumura Tatsuemon (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #212; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #491.3.1, and pl. 145; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 195.1.3; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #232 (2nd edition)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25 cm (14 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.6410

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 21.6410, 1999.228

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 [i.e. the 16th-18th of each month] and the day of the big Asakusa holiday [i.e. the 18th]” (Yoiyami no hi to Asakusa no ômonobi).
The second edition, presumably issued after rebuses had been made illegal, has an inset with iris instead.

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

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