Chanter, from an untitled set of Five Musicians (Gonin-bayashi)

五人囃子 唄

Japanese
Edo period
about 1783 (Tenmei 3)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0555; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #227.1, and pl. 108

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 26.7 x 19.8 cm (10 1/2 x 7 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.8411

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.19353, 21.8411

Hirano points out that the designs on the kimono suggest the Five Festivals, as follows:
Chanter: New Year (1/1)
Flute Player: The Doll Festival (3/3)
Small Hand Drum: The Boys’ Festival (5/5)
Large Hand Drum: The Tanabata Festival (7/7)
Drum on Stand: The Chrysanthemum Festival (9/9)

Signed

Kiyonaga ga
清長画

Provenance

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

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection