The Syllable Ri: The Well Curb, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)

風流錦絵伊勢物語 「り」 筒井筒

Japanese
Edo period
about 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kuboso Memorial Art Museum, Izumi, Ise Monogatari (2007), #92; Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #231

Dimensions

Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.5 x 15.5 cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.4073

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 09 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 23, part 1, of Tales of Ise.

MFA impressions: 21.4073, 53.2918

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.

Signed

Katsukawa Shunshô ga
勝川春章画

Markings

Artist's seal: Rin (in jar shape)

Provenance

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection