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A Modern Version of the Story of Ushiwakamaru Serenading Jôruri-hime

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Triptych: 21.7503 (left), 21.7504 (center), 21.7505 (right) The right sheet only is from the third state of the first edition, with the heads replaced by means of newly-cut inlays in the key block and the interior scene at the center right edge slightly altered. MFA impressions, all first...

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Kiyonaga ga (on each sheet) 清長画


Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

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William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1785 (Tenmei 5)

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Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0707 (#707A, first edition, pl. LXX; #707B, second edition, pl. LXXVII); Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #30.1-3; Ukiyo-e shûka 10 (1979), pls. 210-2 (Grabhorn collection, first state of first edition)


Vertical ôban triptych; 39.4 x 72.9 cm (15 1/2 x 28 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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