Women Arriving for a Visit in Snow (Parody of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms?)

雪の訪問 (見立三国志 玄徳三雪中孔明訪ヵ)

Japanese
Edo period
1805 (Bunka 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Murataya Jirobei (Eiyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.8 x 25.1 cm (15 1/4 x 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.6956

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Left sheet of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.13809-11 (complete triptych), 21.6956 (L only)

Possibly a parody of the story of Liu Bei’s three visits to Kongming (Zhuge liang), from the Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Signed

Toyokuni ga
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, 12
改印:極、十弐

Provenance

Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#26); December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection