The Syllable U: A Gift of an Artifical Plum Branch and Pheasant, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)

風流錦絵伊勢物語 「う」 梅の作り枝を送る

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), #246

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

21.7166

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 24 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 98 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.

Signed

Shunshô ga
春章画

Provenance

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

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection