Young Man Playing the Shakuhachi

尺八を吹く若衆

Japanese
Edo period
about 1768–69 (Meiwa 5–6)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #550; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #756, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 559

Dimensions

Hashira-e; 65.6 x 9.8 cm (25 13/16 x 3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.4536

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 06.480 (first state), 11.21231 (second state), 21.4536 (fourth state, probably with revamped colors), 21.4677 (first state)

Inscription

Poem: Shakuhachi no/ iinazuke ari/ kotoshi take

Signed

Harunobu ga
春信画

Provenance

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection