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Chojiya uchi Orihae, Sasano, Urano, Karahashi, Kotozuru, Tsuyama 丁子屋内折はへ (Orihae of the Chojiya, [kamuro:] Sasano, Urano, [shinzo:] Karahashi, Kotozuru, Tsuyama)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1945,1101,0.20

  • Title (object)

    • Chojiya uchi Orihae, Sasano, Urano, Karahashi, Kotozuru, Tsuyama 丁子屋内折はへ (Orihae of the Chojiya, [kamuro:] Sasano, Urano, [shinzo:] Karahashi, Kotozuru, Tsuyama)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print. The courtesan Orihae of Chojiya standing with hand to forehead; apprentice (shinzo) helping her to dress; young attendant (kamuro) looking in mirror; with poem. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1793
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38.3 centimetres
    • Width: 25.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left, cartouche
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        丁子屋内折はへ さゝの うらの 唐はし ことつる つやま
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Chojiya uchi Orihae, Sasano, Urano, Karahashi, Kotozuru, Tsuyama
      • Inscription Translation

        Orihae of the Chojiya, [kamuro:] Sasano, Urano, [shinzo:] Karahashi, Kotozuru, Tsuyama
      • Inscription Comment

        Names of Orihae's attendants.
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        image, right
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        哥麿画
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Utamaro ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture by Utamaro
      • Inscription Comment

        Without the 'akubi' (yawning) element on right-hand side of the 'Uta' character.
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        image, right
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kiwame
      • Inscription Comment

        Censorship seal.
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        image, right
      • Inscription Comment

        Mark of the publisher, Tsutaya Juzaburo.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left, cartouche
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        ほとときすねやの屏風を折はへて
        はつねの耳にうらの約束
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hototogisu/neya no byobu o/orihaete/hatsune no mimi ni/ura no yakusoku.
      • Inscription Translation

        Hearing the first cuckoo of spring/They unfold the screen in the bedchamber,/And he whispers the promise behind it/After their first encounter/That he will visit again.
      • Inscription Comment

        Kyoka.
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        with kyoka above
      • Inscription Content

        角三亭
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kakusantei.
  • Curator's comments

    Asano and Clark 1995

    The courtesan Orihae puts on a surcoat, helped by a 'shinzo'. Behind them a 'kamuro' is pulling faces in the mirror. Orihae was of 'chusan' rank in the brothel owned by Chojiya Chojuro on the right side of Edo-cho 2-chome. She appears in the 'Yoshiwara saiken' guides from the edition of autumn of 1793, but the names of the ‘kamuro’ given in the guide do not match the present print. Probably Orihae made her debut in the brothel during the spring of 1793, after the New Year edition of the 'saiken' had been published. This print may have been issued to commemorate that event. By the time the autumn edition of the ‘saiken’ was published, the names of her 'kamuro' must have changed. The names of Orihae's attendants, as they appear in the square cartouche on the present print, are listed above. The 'kyoka' poem, which weaves in a punning reference to Orihae's name, reads: "Hearing the first cuckoo of spring/They unfold the screen in the bedchamber,/And he whispers the promise behind it/After their first encounter/That he will visit again. Kakusantei."

    Literature:
    "Kitagawa Utamaro sakuhin mokuroku" 「喜多川歌麿作品目録」, 'Ukiyo-e shuka', 「浮世絵聚花」, vol. 3 (Bosuton Bijutsukan III ボストン美術館3), Shogakkan, Tokyo, 1978, pp. 235-254, pls. 33-8.
    'Ukiyo-e shuka' 「浮世絵聚花」, vol. 11, Shogakkan, Tokyo, 1978-85, pl. 40.

    Other impressions:
    Musée National des Art Asiatiques-Guimet, Paris.

    [Main text translated in Japanese below / 以下上記本文日本語訳]

    浅野/クラーク、1995

    打掛を着る折栄である。着せているのは新造であろう。後ろで禿が鏡に向かってふざけている。折栄は、江戸町二丁目仲の町より入って右側に在った丁子屋長重郎抱えの中三であるが、吉原細見にみえるのは寛政5年秋版からである。禿名はそれとも合致しない。寛政5年春版が出た後、おそらく同年春に突き出しで見世に出、それに合わせるようにこの錦絵が刊行されたものと思われる。その後、秋版の細見が刊行されるまでに禿名が変わったのではないであろうか。

    色紙形枠内は、「丁子屋内折はへ さゝの うらの 唐はし ことつる つやま」。狂歌は次の通りである。

    ほとときすねやの屏風を折はへて
    はつねの耳にうらの約束
    角三亭

    More 

  • Bibliography

    • Ukiyo-e shuka Vol 11 40 bibliographic details
    • Asano & Clark 1995 71 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1945

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1945,1101,0.20

Colour woodblock print. Bijinga. Orihae standing with hand to forehead; shinzo helping her to dress; kamuro looking in mirror; with poem. Nishiki-e on paper. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.

Recto

Colour woodblock print. Bijinga. Orihae standing with hand to forehead; shinzo helping her to dress; kamuro looking in mirror; with poem. Nishiki-e on paper. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.

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