Ben no Uba, from the book Ehon tokiwagusa, vol. I

絵本常盤草 弁乳母

Edo period
about 1730 (Kyôhô 15)
Artist Nishikawa Sukenobu (Japanese, 1671–1750)

Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Ehon (2006), pp. 78-9; Toda, Ryerson cat. (1931), pp. 131-3


Two pages; 21 x 32.8 cm (8 1/4 x 12 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions:
The intact book: 2006.1343.1-3 (complete), 2006.1593 (vol. I only)
Illustrations cut out of book and mounted as prints: 21.6216 to 21.6225; 53.2804a-b to 53.2809; RES.50.109; RES.53.226 to RES.53.232a-b

Most of the illustrations in Vol. I are labelled with the names of famous women of the past. Vol. II shows present-day women, and Vol. III shows courtesans.


(these pages unsigned)


Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#143); December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection