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Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III), Japanese, (1786–1864)
A Woman Playing a Biwa, a Poem by Izumi Shikibu, 1846
Ink on Paper
14 3/16 in. x 9 9/16 in. (360.36 mm x 242.89 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Lilian May Miller
Accession Number: 44.1.4

Alternate Title: Hyakunin isshu kashu:

Same series as 44.1.12.

On mat, in pencil: Miller collection, "from '56 Notes." Signed: Ichiyosai Toyokuni ga. Censor's seal: Watanabe. Artist's seal: Toshidama.

Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock print with an image of a woman playing an instrument.

Arazaramu    Among my memories
     Kono yo no hoka no  of this world, from whence
     Omohide ni    I will soon be gone
     Ima hito-tabi no   Oh, how I wish there was
     Afu koto mogana    one more meeting, now, with you!
     transl. by Joshua Mostow

The poet Izumi Shikibu (late 10th-early 11th c) was a leading figure in the imperial court.  Renowned for her wit and beauty, she was the consort of two princes, and their poetic exchanges are still considered among Japan's finest examples of romantic literature.

Sano-ya Kihei seal.

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