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Chinese Beauties at a Banquet

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Triptych: 21.7718 (left), 21.7719 (center), 21.7720 (right) In first state, the scroll held by the beauty in the right sheet showed an erotic picture; in this, the second state, it has been romoved. MFA impressions: 11.14512-4, 21.7718-20

Signed

Utamaro ga (in seal script, on each sheet) 歌麿画

Provenance

February 1913, 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 1788–90 (Tenmei 8–Kansei 2)

Object Place

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #042; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #14.1.2, 14.2-3; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 8.2.1-2; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #53

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38.1 x 75.2 cm (15 x 29 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.7718-20

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints