Courtesan (Yûjo) (right), Shirabyôshi Dancer (left), from the book Comparisons of the Customs of Women (Onna fûzoku shinasadame)

「女風俗品さだめ 遊女」 「女風俗品さだめ 白拍子」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://togetter.com/li/905917; Collier-Suzuki, Complete Prints of Utamaro (2009), #s 115.11 and 115.10

Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 20.3 x 28.1 cm (8 x 11 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21691

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Joint image: 11.21691 (top), 11.21690 (bottom).

Inscription

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 遊女
昔ハ小舟に乗りて津々浦/\に浮かびて情を誘うゆへ流れの身など云へり。江口神崎(遊里)をはしめとして京の嶌原、江戸の吉原、大阪の新町いつれも全盛の遊女あり。

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 白拍子
白拍子といふ号(な)ハ嶋の千歳(鳥羽上皇の時代に若の前とともに活躍した白拍子)をはじめとするよし諸書に見へたり。
 〽雨雲のかへしの風の音せぬハ おもはれしとのこゝろなるべし

Signed

Utamaro ga (on each design)
歌麿画

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: August 3, 1911)

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