The Syllable Wa: Young Grass, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)
風流錦絵伊勢物語 「わ」 若草の妹
about 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #235
Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.3 x 15.2 cm (8 3/4 x 6 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 13 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 49 of Tales of Ise.
MFA impressions: 11.19792, 21.4298
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.
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection