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triptych print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1949,0409,0.68.1-3

  • Description

    Colour woodblock-printed triptych. Pilgrims amusing themselves fishing; boats and Mt Fuji in background. Signed, marked, inscribed and marked.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1790 (ca.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 37.1 centimetres (right)
    • Width: 24.9 centimetres (right)
    • Height: 37.2 centimetres (centre)
    • Width: 25.4 centimetres (centre)
    • Height: 37.3 centimetres (left)
    • Width: 24.9 centimetres (left)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        right and left prints, image
      • 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

        mark
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        each print
      • Inscription Content

        伏善
      • Inscription Comment

        Mark of the publisher Fushimiya Zenroku.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        centre image, fan
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        さひしさハそのいろこともなかりけり
        ふ男のミの秋の夕くれ
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sabishisa wa/sono irogoto mo/nakarikeri/bu-otoko no mi no/aki no yugure.
      • Inscription Translation

        Lonliness/Is the lot of an ugly man/Who had no partner in love,/Of an autumn evening.
      • Inscription Comment

        Kyoka.
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        with kyoka
      • Inscription Content

        たら井雨盛
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tarai no Amemori
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        right image, label attached to wooden pail
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        進上 ゑひすや茂八
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shinjo Ebisuya Mohachi
      • Inscription Translation

        Offering from Ebisuya Mohachi
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        left image, hand-towel on man
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ichi
      • Inscription Comment

        With other illegible letters.
  • Curator's comments

    Asano and Clark 1995

    Pilgrims to Enoshima (near Kamakura) are shown amusing themselves fishing and the like and the wooden pail on the far right has a label attached to it reading "Offering from Ebisuya Mohachi". On the fan held by the young woman wearing a kimono with long hanging sleeves is a 'kyoka' poem by Tarai no Amemori: "Lonliness/Is the lot of an ugly man/Who had no partner in love,/Of an autumn evening." Also, on the hand-towel tied around the head of the young man fishing on the left can be made out the character "Ichi", suggesting this could be a portrait of a particular 'kyoka' poet.

    Impressions are also known in which the mark of the publisher Fushimiya Zenroku is replaced with 'kiwame' censorship seals, but this must be a second printing. This first printing must have been issued in 1790 or before; then when the censorship system was changed from the New Year of 1791 the design must have been resubmitted for inspection and had the 'kiwame' seals added. See also the commentary to 1912, 0416, 0221.

    Literature:
    Shibui, Kiyoshi 渋井清, 'Ukiyo-e zuten, vol. 13: Utamaro' 「ウキヨエ図典13 歌麿」, Kazama Shobo, Tokyo, 1964, 23-1-1, 23-1-2, 23-1-3.
    'Ukiyo-e taikei'「浮世絵大系」, gen. ed. Goto, Shigeki, vol. 5, Shueisha, Tokyo, 1976, black and white fig. 76-78.
    "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, pl. 516.
    'Ukiyo-e shuka'「浮世絵聚花」, vol. 3, Shogakkan, Tokyo, 1978-85, pls. 99-101.

    Other impressions:
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (with publisher's mark, 2 impressions).
    Tokyo National Museum 東京国立博物館 (with publisher's mark; without publisher's mark, with 'kiwame' seal).
    Henri Vever Collection (with publisher's mark).
    The New York Public Library (right sheet only, with publisher's mark).
    The Cleveland Museum of Art (without publisher's mark, with 'kiwame' seal).
    Tobacco & Salt Museum たばこと塩の博物館, Tokyo (without publisher's mark, with 'kiwame' seal).

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

    浅野/クラーク、1995

    釣遊びなどに興じる江の島参詣の人々。右端の角樽には「進上 ゑひすや茂八」の貼り紙がみえる。中の図の振袖の娘の持つ扇には狂歌が記されている。

    さひしさハそのいろこともなかりけり
    ふ男のミの秋の夕くれ
    たら井雨盛

    左側で釣をする若い男の頬被りした手拭に「市」の字がみえるので、誰か特定の狂歌師に擬せられているのかもしれない。

    伏見屋善六の版元印のかわりに極印が入った遺品もあるが、そちらは第2版であろう。寛政2年以前に第1版を制作したが、寛政3年になって検疫制度が変わったため、改めて検査を受け、極印を付したと考えることができるであろう。1912, 0416, 0221 解説参照。

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  • Bibliography

    • Asano & Clark 1995 50 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1949

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1949,0409,0.68.1-3

Colour woodblock-printed triptych. Pilgrims amusing themselves fishing; boats and Mt Fuji in background. Nishiki-e on paper. Signed, marked, inscribed and marked.

Front:Right Side

Colour woodblock-printed triptych. Pilgrims amusing themselves fishing; boats and Mt Fuji in background. Nishiki-e on paper. Signed, marked, inscribed and marked.

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