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Ise 伊勢 / Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki 百人一首姥がゑとき (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets, Explained by the Nurse)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1919,0715,0.3

  • Title (object)

    • Ise 伊勢

    Title (series)

    • Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki 百人一首姥がゑとき (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets, Explained by the Nurse)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print. Poem by Ise, love-lorn lady seated at window overlooking reed-beds.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1830s(late)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 26.3 centimetres
    • Width: 37.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hyakunin Isshu Uba ga Etoki
      • Inscription Comment

        series title
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Content

        前北斎卍
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Saki no Hokusai Manji
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Comment

        seal(publisher's.Eijudo)
  • Curator's comments

    Clark 2017

    Poem 19: Naniwagata / mijikaki ashi no / fushi no ma no /
    awade kono yo o / sugushite yo to ya (To go through this life,
    not meeting / for even as short a time as the space /
    between two nodes of a reed / in Naniwa inlet – / is
    that what you are telling me? Trans. Joshua Mostow.)
    A courtesan of Yoshiwara pleasure quarter sits at the
    upper-storey window of a teahouse, accompanied by
    her young attendant (kamuro). She appears
    unconcerned by the workmen repairing the
    restaurant’s tile roof, but gazes longingly towards the
    Embankment of Japan (Nihon-tsutsumi), the path that
    led Yoshiwara patrons from the Sumida river through
    rice fields to the pleasure quarter. A flowering plum
    tree at lower left suggests that the season is the New
    Year or early spring, ordinarily one of Yoshiwara’s
    busiest periods. Hokusai’s illustration transfers the poet
    Ise’s verse to Edo, and interprets it as a lament of the
    pleasure quarters, with the courtesan disappointed to
    learn that she has lost a client. Perhaps Hokusai
    imagined her having to rebuild her client-base with
    new lovers. More concretely, in the second month of
    1835 Yoshiwara burned to the ground, and the roof
    repairs might allude to the rebuilding, helping to date
    the publication of the series.

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  • Bibliography

    • Clark 2017 133 bibliographic details
    • Keyes & Morse 2015 663 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1919

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1919,0715,0.3

Print ?:Woodblock print.Classical literature. Rural landscape. The poem by Ise Fujiwara with love-lorn lady seated at window looking at reed-beds. Nishiki-e on paper.

Recto

Print ?:Woodblock print.Classical literature. Rural landscape. The poem by Ise Fujiwara with love-lorn lady seated at window looking at reed-beds. Nishiki-e on paper.

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