The Syllable So: The Sacred Fence, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)
風流錦絵伊勢物語 「そ」 神の斎垣
about 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #240
Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.5 x 15.8 cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 18 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 71 of Tales of Ise.
MFA impressions: 21.4302, 21.4303
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.
Katsukawa Shunshô ga
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.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection