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The Syllable Chi: Musashi Plain, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)

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No. 08 in the series of 48, illustrating episode Twelve of Tales of Ise. MFA impressions: 11.19793, 21.4286 The series was apparently published in the form of two orihon albums, the first volume (twenty-four designs on twelve aiban sheets) in about 1770, the second volume in about 1772–73. The...

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Shunshô ga 春章画


Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; 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 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al, The Actor's Image (1994), #230


Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.7 x 16 cm (8 15/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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