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Courtesan of Osaka, Left Sheet of a Triptych (Ôsaka, sanpukutsui migi)

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Note: The title describes this print as literally the "right" (migi) sheet of a triptych, but the composition and the evidence of surviving uncut triptychs make it clear that the meaning is "proper right," i.e. the left sheet from the standpoint of the viewer. The theme of the triptych is...

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Signed

Hirose Shigenobu hitsu

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1735 (Kyôhô 20)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, Images of Eighteenth-Century Japan (1975), #45 (R only, 1st state); TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 1 (1960), #s 117-9 (complete, 2nd state); Gunsaulus, AIC cat. I (1955), p. 72 (uncut, 2nd state); Ukiyo-e taisei 2 (1931), #161 (C only, 2nd state)

Dimensions

Hosoban; 31.5 x 14.6 cm (12 3/8 x 5 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.5884

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa

Collections

Asia

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