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Maker(s):Kitao Shigemasa
Culture:Japanese (1739-1820)
Title:Sanshu Tori Zu [Selecting Silkworm Eggs], No. 7 from the series Karuko Yashinai Gusa [Silkworm Cultivation]
Date Made:ca. 1772 (Meiwa 9 or An'ei 1)
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Mat: 18 in x 14 in; 45.7 cm x 35.6 cm; Mount: 10 5/8 in x 7 11/16 in; 27 cm x 19.5 cm; Sheet: 10 5/8 in x 7 11/16 in; 27 cm x 19.5 cm; Image: 10 3/16 in x 7 5/8 in; 25.9 cm x 19.4 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Kitao Shigemasa ga]; TITLE: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Karuko Yashinai Gusa Dainana]; INSCRIPTION: recto, upp. ctr. (black ink): [Japanese character, Kaikotane o / Torukoto ha / Mayuharu mono yori / toru toki katachi no / Yoki kaiko o [ill.] ran te / ito ni teku [ill.] ri / tsuri oke ha higa no / tehu ni nari teru / meo o hitotsu ni shite / kami ni utsushi okeba / dandan ko o / umitsukeru /kore o uhako / toihu].
Accession Number:  MH 1967.174.Q.RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Austin (Janet Evans, class of 1925)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Vertical image of three women selecting silkworms: one lying and another kneeling on the light-green tatami, another holding a black box standing by the side. Pine trees and flowers outside in the courtyard in the background. The seventh illustration in a series of twelve sheets jointly designed by Shunsho and Shigemasa.

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