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

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #240

Dimensions

Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.3 x 15.8 cm (8 3/4 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.4303

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

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.

Signed

Katsukawa Shunshô ga
勝川春章画

Provenance

Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#88); December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection