The Spirit-Returning Incense (Hangonkô)

返魂香

Japanese
Edo period
1765 (Meiwa 2)
Attributed to Komatsuken (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #640; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 616; Gentles, AIC cat. II (1965), p. 174, #4A

Dimensions

Vertical chûban, right sheet of diptych; 26.8 x 18.8 cm (10 9/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.8170

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 21.8170 (right sheet only), 67.650-1 (complete diptych)

Numbers for the long and short months are hidden in the clothing patterns.

Signed

Unsigned
無款

Markings

Collector's seal: (illegible)

Provenance

March 1921, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding at the Buckingham sale; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection