Awabi Diver, from the series Contest of Beauties (Bijin awase)

「美人合」 海女

Japanese
Edo period
about 1820 (Bunsei 3)


Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #112; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #236

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.4 x 18.1 cm (8 1/16 x 7 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.46.27

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poems translated in McKee 2008, p. 230; and Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 267.

Inscription

Poem by Chinchôya Chinchô: Arisoumi no/ ama mo awabi no/ kai ya arite/ kakaete ideshi/ tama no haru kana

Poem by Jingorô Takumi: Yûyû to/ nami o hanaruru/ hatsuhikage/ kamiyo no mama no/ haru o mukaete

Signed

(seal only)

Markings

Artist's seal: Kuninao

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John Templeman Coolidge