Old Man and Sparrow-women, from the series Old Tales of Wisdom, Benevolence, and Valor (Mukashi-banashi, chi jin yû)

「昔噺 智仁勇」 仁 舌切り雀

Japanese
Edo period
about 1818–23 (Bunsei 1–6)
Artist Kikukawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867)


Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al., Reading Surimono (2008), #15 (repro.); Chiba Mus., Ukiyo-e bi no kiwami (Baur coll. exh. cat., 2001), #88; Kondô, ed., Eizan (JUM exh. cat., 1996), cat. no. 497 (orig.)

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.7 x 18.8 cm (8 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

52.497

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The Tale of the Tongue-cut Sparrow represents Benevolence (Nin). The other two prints in the set of three are by Hokusai (Wisdom, the Monkey’s Liver) and Shuntei (Valor, Momotarô).
Poems described (but not translated) in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 143.

Inscription

鉄の屋楯成
春切の福者となりぬなをたつる
 ふくろ雀にたからもろふて
松の屋花成
梅の香を吹れる風に鶯の
 御宿はとこと藪やたつねん
金の屋照成
うそつかぬ正直ぢいの春の野に
 たつねる雀舌も短かし
狂香哥堂
たつね来て雀かくれの初なつな
 みやげに指もかるきつゝらに

Signed

Kikukawa Eizan

Provenance

1952, gift of Louis Aaron Lebowich (b. 1880), Boston, to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of L. Aaron Lebowich