Wisdom (Chi), from the series The Five Virtues (Gojô)

五常 「智」

Japanese
Edo period
1767 (Meiwa 4), 9th month
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #191; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #290.4, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 254; Gentles, AIC cat. II (1965), p.69, #110

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 26.7 x 20.2 cm (10 1/2 x 7 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.4973

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.19456, 21.4973

Inscription

Poem: Michi shi aru/ yo ni umarenaba/ onozukara/ hitotsu o shiraba/ tô mo shiranan

Signed

Harunobu ga
春信画

Provenance

Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#53); December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection