Shinto Priestess (Miko) (right), Town Girl (Chôka no musume) (left), from the book Comparisons of the Customs of Women (Onna fûzoku shinasadame)

「女風俗品さだめ 神子」 「女風俗品さだめ 町屋の娘」

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), #115.20 (L only; R is not listed)

Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 20.3 x 28 cm (8 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

11.21694

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Joint image: 11.21694 (top), 11.21687 (bottom).

Inscription

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 神子
天照太神天磐戸(あまのいわと)に籠もらせ給ひし時、天鈿女命(あめのうずめ)真[石+辛?](まさき)の葛、蘿(ひかげ)の葛を持て、岩戸の前にて舞唄ひしより始る。

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 町屋の娘
町人の娘ハその親に▢位なけれバたゝ息女愛女などいゝて上つかた姫君とハ同様にあらざれともよく女の道を守り操を▢しくするときハそのさまこそ賎しくとも心ハ女御・更衣にも恥ざらまじ。

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