The Syllable We: Maple Leaves in the Tatsuta River, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)

風流錦絵伊勢物語 「ゑ」 龍田川

Japanese
Edo period
about 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)


Dimensions

Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.5 x 15.9 cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.19788

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 43 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 106 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.

Inscription

Poem: Chihayaburu/ kamiyo mo kikazu/ Tatsugawa/ karakurenai ni/ mizu kukuryu to wa

Signed

Shunshô ga
春章画

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