The Syllable Mo: A Lady Who Was Difficult to Meet, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)

風流錦絵伊勢物語 「も」 あひがたき女

Japanese
Edo period
about 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)


Dimensions

Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.4 x 15.6 cm (8 13/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

53.2811

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 45 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 53 of Tales of Ise.

The series was apparently published in the form of two orihon albums, the first volume (24 designs on 12 aiban sheets) in about 1770, the second volume in about 1772-73. The complete set, in two volumes: 2006.1795.

Inscription

Poem: Ika de ka wa/ tori no nakuran/ hito shirezu/ omou kokoro wa/ mada yo fukaki ni

Signed

Shunshô ga
春章画

Provenance

1953, gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 10, 1953)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse in memory of Charles J. Morse