The Syllable U: A Gift of an Artifical Plum Branch and Pheasant, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)
風流錦絵伊勢物語 「う」 梅の作り枝を送る
about 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #246
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. 24 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 98 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.
Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection