Preparing to Go Out, from the series Humorous Poems of the Willow (Haifû yanagidaru)

「誹風柳多留 腰帯をしめると腰は生きてくる」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1785 (Tenmei 5)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0723; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #236.2, and pl. 134

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 24.8 x 18.6 cm (9 3/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.5496

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.19418, 21.5496
The series title refers to a collection of humorous poems issued annually from 1765 on by Karai Senryû (1719-1790) and his followers.

Inscription

Poem: Koshi obi o/ shimeru to koshi wa/ ikite kuru
腰帯をしめると腰は生きてくる

Signed

Kiyonaga ga
清長画

Provenance

August 1919, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frederick W. Gookin; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection