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Takashima Ohisa (Takashima Ohisa)

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The square cartouche contains a rebus including Ohisa's name, which might be read as "Takashima (O)hisa getting dressed in the evening" (Takashima Hisa mijitaku no ban). The narrow rectangular gives hints about her age: "the days when the evening is dark [i.e. the 16th-18th of each month] and...

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Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆


June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; 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 1795 (Kansei 7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #212; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #491.3.1, and pl. 145; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 195.1.3; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #232 (different publisher and title)


Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25 cm (14 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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