Willows in the First Mist (Hatsukasumi yanagi): Otama Playing the Kokyû (R), and Play of the Strings (Ito asobi): Osugi Playing the Shamisen (L)

「初霞柳」 「糸遊」

Japanese
Edo period
late 1820s–early 1830s


Catalogue Raisonné

Tsuda, "Ryûô-tei Edo no Hananari...," Ukiyo-e geijutsu 161 (2011), p. 45, fig. 9; Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #82; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 12, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin (1988), pl. 179; Keyes, Chester Beatty cat. I (1985), #243

Dimensions

Shikishiban diptych; 21.2 x 18.8 cm (8 3/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.26816-7

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.26816 (right), 11.26817 (left)

Poem on the right sheet translated in Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 275.
 鳥追いを描いた春興摺物。上部には柳桜亭述の歌文句。

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Artist's seal: double toshidama

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