The Widow of Asahiya (Asahiya goke, in rebus form), from the series Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets (Kômei bijin rokkasen)

「高名美人六家撰」 朝日屋後家 (判じ絵)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795–96 (Kansei 7–8)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Ômiya Gonkurô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #228 (different kimono pattern, eyebrows added); Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #295.5.2, and pl. 146; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #77

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38 x 24.7 cm (14 15/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.6450

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From the first version of the series, with the women’s names in the form of rebuses.

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

Provenance

February 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Vignier collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection