Takashima Ohisa (Takashima Ohisa)
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), list #491.3.1, and pl. 145; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 195.1.3; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #323 (2nd ed.); Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #232 (2nd ed.)
Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25 cm (14 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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
June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection