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Maker(s):Kitagawa Utamaro I
Culture:Japanese (1753-1806)
Title:Maple Leaves, from the seres Edo no Hana Musume Joruri [Flowers of Edo: Girl Ballad Singers]
Date Made:ca. 1803 (Kyowa 3)
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Sheet: 44.45 cm x 28.575 cm; 17 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in; Image: 36.83 cm x 25.4 cm; 14 1/2 in x 10 in; Sight: 37.1475 cm x 25.0825 cm; 14 5/8 in x 9 7/8 in
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, ctr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Utamaro hitsu]; TITLE: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Edo no Hana Musume Joruri]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, To].
Accession Number:  MH 1973.435.Q.RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Louis C. Black
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

The famed female reciter of Joruri narrative tales is seated before her black lecturn, playing a string musical instrument. A maple branch with leaves in the background upper left corner. Publisher is Yamaguchiya Chuemon (Chuseke).

music; beauty; women; courtesans; figures

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