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Takashima Ohisa, from an untitled series of rebus prints

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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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Signed

Utamaro hitsu

Provenance

Formerly in the collection of Mary Cassatt. Until 1999, by descent within the artist’s family; 1999, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: June 23, 1999)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Japanese, Edo period, about 1795 (Kansei 7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #212; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), p. 241, #491.3.1, and pl. 145; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 195.1.3

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

1999.228

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints