Wet Nurse (Uba) (right), Wife (Nyôbô) (left), from the book Comparisons of the Customs of Women (Onna fûzoku shinasadame)

「女風俗品さだめ 乳母」 「女風俗品さだめ 女房」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://togetter.com/li/905917; Collier-Suzuki, Complete Prints of Utamaro (2009), #s 115.2 and 115.5

Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 20.3 x 28 cm (8 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

11.21687

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Joint image: 11.21694 (top), 11.21687 (bottom).

Inscription

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 乳母(めのと)
乳母とか云ふ事、玉依姫 姉君に代はり給ふ縁により妻の弟(めのおとと)と云ふを略して‶めのと"と云ふ。また聖徳太子生れ給ふとき、妹子(いもこ)の▢が姉月益姫をバ乳母に定め給ふよし太子傳に記せり。

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 女房
女房とハ禁中にて称へさせ給ふ号にて下々の称にあらず。たゞ妻と云ひ、堅気によりて内儀内室などゝいふ。衣類、頭の飾りまでその分限より劣れるを撰ひ、かたちの装ひ、物言ひなど派手ならぬやうに用意あらまほしけれ

Signed

Utamaro ga (on each design)
歌麿画

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