No. 1 from the series Women Engaged in the Sericulture Industry (Joshoku kaiko tewaza-gusa)

「女織蚕手業草 壱」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1798–1800 (Kansei 10–12)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #325; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #105.1; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 138.1.1; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #447; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #149

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 25.4 cm (15 1/16 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

34.241

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 19.147, 21.7321, 34.241

Optionally, the series can be assembled into a continuous 12-sheet image.

Inscription

蚕種の紙に産み付けたるが三月中気穀雨前後に生まれ出るをかへるといふなり
既に帰り出て一番二番などゝ別ち折敷ヘ入 桑の葉をこまかにきざみあたふるなり
これを黒子とも壱つずへともいふなり

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

Provenance

Stamp on mat: "Baron Fujita Collection." 1934, bequest of Nellie Parney Carter to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 4, 1934)

Credit Line

Nellie Parney Carter Collection—Bequest of Nellie Parney Carter