Summer Flowers: Iris and Water Plantain, from the book Seirô bijin awase sugata kagami (Mirror of Beautiful Women of the Green Houses), vol. 1, picture 12, sheets 11-12

青楼美人合姿鏡 花菖蒲と水葵

Japanese
Edo period
1776 (An'ei 5)
Artist Kitao Shigemasa (Japanese, 1739–1820), Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Dimensions

Two ôhon pages; 25.9 x 30.8 cm (10 3/16 x 12 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.21.469

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions (this image only): 11.20969, RES.21.469

The book was jointly published by Tsutaya Jûzaburô and Yamazaki Kinbei, and jointly designed by Shigemasa and Shunshô; but it is not clear which artist was responsible for which illustrations.

MFA impressions of the intact book: 2006.1749.1-3, 2006.1814, 2006.1815 (b/w illustrations)
One complete set of 20 illustrations for Vol. 1, cut apart and mounted as two-page spreads: (1) 11.19784; (2) 11.14973; (3) 11.20973; (4) 11.20979; (5) 11.14974; (6) 11.20977; (7) 11.20983; (8) 11.20972; (9) 11.20978; (10) 11.20975; (11) 11.20974; (12) 11.20969; (13) 11.20981; (14) 11.14862; (15) 11.20984; (16) 11.20982; (17) 11.20976; (18) 11.20970; (19) 11.20980; (20) 11.20971
Also, the four floral designs, cut out and mounted as two-page spreads: RES.21.466 (dup. of 11.19784), RES.21.467 (vol. 2, picture 1), RES.21.468 (vol. 2, picture 14), RES.21.469 (dup. of 11.20969)

Signed

(this picture unsigned)
無款

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection