Woman Kneeling by a Waterfall; Parody of Xu You

滝に美人、見立許由

Japanese
Edo period
1829 (Bunsei 12)
Artist Utagawa Sadakage I (Japanese, active about 1818–1844)


Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #218a; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 2, #s 257-8

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 19.8 x 18.4 cm (7 13/16 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.45630

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Upper sheet of incomplete vertical diptych.

Poems translated in Keyes 1985, vol. 2, p. 301, and Carpenter et al 2008, p. 341.

Inscription

Poem by Rôgetsuan Umekage: Mizutama o/ marobasu taki ni/ araitaru/ mimi uruwashiki/ uguisu no koe

Poem by Shakuyakutei: Harukaze ni/ kôri wa tokete/ sasou mizu/ aredo moyô no/ ume wa nagarezu

Poem by Chôkintei Aoki: Ushi no se ni/ tsuketaru hana no/ kumoma yori/ tsukihi no niou/ uguisu no koe

Signed

Ôju Sadakage ga

応需貞景画

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: January 19, 2005)

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