- Museum number
- Object: Ehon matsu no shirabe 絵本松のしらべ（調） (Picture-book of the Music of the Pine-trees)
Illustrated book. One volume. Illustrations for four 'koto' (zither) songs.
- Production date
- 1795 (preface dated)
Height: 24 centimetres
Width: 17 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Hillier and Smith 1980
The pictures illustrate songs for 'koto' music, and the title comes from the comparison of the sounds of this instrument to the wind passing through pine-trees.
Controversy over the identity of the artist of a book is rare but it exists here. Most copies lack a colophon, and in fact the only instance where a name is reported as being shown is in the copy in the Hayashi sale catalogue of 1902, where, under no. 1590, Hayashi gives 'Signatures - Dessinateur: Shiko; Auteur: Tsoutano Karamarou' as if they appeared in a colophon. A case has been made for Shigemasa, Masayoshi and even Utamaro, but Choki is perhaps the strongest contender, though the use of the 'go' Shiko in 1795 would then be hard to account for, since he had by then apparently abandoned that name.
Toda, Kenji, 'Descriptive Catalogue of the Japanese and Chinese Illustrated Books in the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago', Chicago, 1931, pp. 199-200. This seems to be the same as the 1795 edition, although it is implied that the pages are not numbered in 'Iroha' order as in the Hillier copy.
Conservation Credit Line: Conservation of this book was supported by the Toshiba International Foundation
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.495 (Hillier no.)