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Catching Fireflies

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Triptych: 21.7398 (left), 21.7399 (center), 21.7400 (right)

Signed

Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet) 歌麿筆

Marks

Censor's seal: kiwame (on each sheet) 改印: 極

Provenance

Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from J. Clarence Webster; 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 1796–97 (Kansei 8–9)

Object Place

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #256; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #254.1-3, and pls. 157-9; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 28.1-3; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #309; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #324

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 39.4 x 76.8 cm (15 1/2 x 30 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.7398-400

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints