The inscription, by Koryûsai, explains that the key block had already been cut at the time of Harunobu's death and the colors (that is, presumably, the designs for the color blocks) were added by Koryûsai.
Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#412); December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 1770 (Meiwa 7)
Waterhouse cat. #589; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 581; Pins, The Japanese Pillar Print (1982), #503
Hashira-e; 67.2 x 12.3 cm (26 7/16 x 4 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper