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Maker(s):Nishikawa Sukenobu
Culture:Japanese (1671–1751)
Title:Untitled (Woman Reading with Heater and Cat)
Date Made:ca. 1730
Materials:woodblock print
Measurements:overall: 10 1/4 in x 6 7/8 in; 26.0 cm x 17.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.304
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

book illustration; fūzoku-ga

Label Text:
This print is signed "Yamato eshi Nishikawa Sukenobu hitsu" ('Painted by the Yamato Artist Nishikawa Sukenobu'). Sukenobu was a book illustrator and no known single-sheet prints of his exist. Another copy of this print, with applied coloring, is held at the British Museum (acc. no. 1907,1018,0.235). It is possible that this print comes from a copy of the album known as the "Nishikawa Onna Ezukushi," which contains signed sheets illustrating the daily activities and customs of courtesans. Such pictures, known as fūzoku-ga, were a specialty of the artist, who also executed some historical and erotic compositions.

blankets; cats; figures; kimonos; reading; sitting; text; women; writing

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