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The Syllable Ri: The Well Curb, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)

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No. 09 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 23, part 1, of Tales of Ise. MFA impressions: 21.4073, 53.2918 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...

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Katsukawa Shunshô ga 勝川春章画


Artist's seal: Rin (in jar shape)


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.

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William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Kuboso Memorial Art Museum, Izumi, Ise Monogatari (2007), #92; Clark et al, The Actor's Image (1994), #231


Vertical koban (half aiban); 22.5 x 15.5 cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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