The Syllable Ri: The Well Curb, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)
風流錦絵伊勢物語 「り」 筒井筒
about 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Kuboso Memorial Art Museum, Izumi, Ise Monogatari (2007), #92; Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #231
Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.5 x 15.5 cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 09 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 23, part 1, of Tales of Ise.
MFA impressions: 21.4073, 53.2918
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.
Katsukawa Shunshô ga
Artist's seal: Rin (in jar shape)
Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection