The Syllable Mo: A Lady Who Was Difficult to Meet, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)
風流錦絵伊勢物語 「も」 あひがたき女
about 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)
Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.4 x 15.6 cm (8 13/16 x 6 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 45 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 53 of Tales of Ise.
The series was apparently published in the form of two orihon albums, the first volume (24 designs on 12 aiban sheets) in about 1770, the second volume in about 1772-73. The complete set, in two volumes: 2006.1795.
Poem: Ika de ka wa/ tori no nakuran/ hito shirezu/ omou kokoro wa/ mada yo fukaki ni
1953, gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 10, 1953)
Gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse in memory of Charles J. Morse