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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Title:Untitled (Calendar Print with Beauty Feeding a Goat)
Date Made:probably 1799
Materials:woodblock print
Measurements:overall: 3 3/4 in x 5 5/8 in; 9.5 cm x 14.3 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.309
Credit Line:Gift of William Green

egoyomi; benizuri-e

Label Text:
This egoyomi, or 'calendar print,' likely dates to 1799, given the occurrence of the long intercalary months — represented by the numbers hidden in the print of the kimono: 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, and 11 — and the presence of the goat, the zodiacal representive of the year 1799. The poem held by the figure at right is about the goat and contains within it many puns and homonyms for long ('dai') and short ('shō') that further indicate the length of the months. The cartouche at top-left identifies the place of employ of the courtesan, and likely reads "Hanabishiya," though owing to the condition of the impression, it cannot be fully deciphered.

animals; calendars; courtesans; figures; goats; hats; kimonos; monkeys; numbers; people; tables; text; Ukiyo-e; women

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