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The Widow of Asahiya (Asahiya goke, in rebus form), from the series Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets (Kômei bijin rokkasen)

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From the first version of the series, with the women's names in the form of rebuses.


Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆


February 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Vignier collection; 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 1795–96 (Kansei 7–8)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #228 (different kimono pattern, eyebrows added); Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #295.5.2, and pl. 146; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #77


Vertical ôban; 38 x 24.7 cm (14 15/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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