The Syllable Ni: Somei of the Ebiya, from the series ABC Poems for Beautiful Courtesans (Bijin keisei iroha tanka)

「美人傾城いろはたんか ニ 海老屋内 染井」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1810s–1820s
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

The series: Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), checklist 1-40

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.3 x 26 cm (15 1/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.15417

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.15417, RES.54.187.6

Inscription

Poem
「にくからぬ人相にしてにこやかさ」

Signed

Okonomi ni tsuki Kunisada ga
御好ニ付 国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection