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Hour of the Monkey (Saru no koku), from the series Sundial of Young Women (Musume hi-dokei)

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The Chicago impression illustrated in Asano and Clark has the kiwame seal and the mark of publisher Murataya Jirobei in the lower left corner, below the signature; they have been torn off of the MFA impression.


Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆


September 1911, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from the E. F. Fenollosa collection; 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 1794–95 (Kansei 6–7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #192; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #167; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #213.5; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 148.2.1; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #56


Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 23.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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