Takashima Ohisa, from an untitled series of rebus prints
高名美人判じ絵集 「高嶋おひさ」 合わせ鏡
Asano and Clark 1995, #212; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), p. 241, #491.3.1, and pl. 145; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 195.1.3; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #4; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #232 (2nd edition)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Out on Loan
On display at Musée des Impressionnismes, Giverny, March 30, 2018 – July 15, 2018
MFA impressions: 21.6410, 1999.228 (both first edition)
The square cartouche contains a rebus including Ohisa’s name, which might be read as “Takashima (O)hisa getting dressed in the evening” (Takashima Hisa mijitaku no ban). The narrow rectangular gives hints about her age: “the days when the evening is dark [i.e. the 16th-18th of each month] and the day of the big Asakusa holiday [i.e. the 18th]” (Yoiyami no hi to Asakusa no ômonobi).
The second edition, presumably issued after rebuses had been made illegal, has an inset with iris instead.
No censor's seal
Mary Stevenson Cassatt (b. 1844 - d. 1926); until 1999, by descent within the family of Mary Cassatt; 1999, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 1999)