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The Syllable U: A Gift of an Artifical Plum Branch and Pheasant, from the series Tales of Ise in Fashionable Brocade Prints (Fûryû nishiki-e Ise monogatari)

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No. 24 in the series of 48, illustrating episode 98 of Tales of Ise. 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 two volumes: 2006.1795.

Signed

Shunshô ga 春章画

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 1770–73 (Meiwa 7–An'ei 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al, The Actor's Image (1994), #246

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

21.7166

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints