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The Syllable Ka: Writing on Flowing Water, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)

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No. 14 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 50 of Tales of Ise. MFA impressions: 11.19781, 21.4088 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...

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Signed

Katsukawa Shunshô ga 勝川春章画

Provenance

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) NOTES: [1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al, The Actor's Image (1994), #236

Dimensions

Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.2 x 15.2 cm (8 3/4 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

11.19781

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints