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A Modern Take on the Well Curb Episode of The Tales of Ise

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Chōbunsai Eishi, A Modern Take on the Well Curb Episode of The Tales of Ise, 1791/1792, color woodblock print on paper; ōban benigirai nishiki-e; triptych, The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection, public domain, 32.263a-c

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Title

A Modern Take on the Well Curb Episode of The Tales of Ise

Related Titles

alternate: Tales of Ise: A Modern Take on the Well Curb Episode

original language: 見立筒井筒

Artist

Chōbunsai Eishi Eishi (Japanese, 1756-1829)

Related People

publisher: Nishimura Yohachi (Japanese, active mid-19th century)

Date

1791/1792

Medium

color woodblock print on paper; ōban benigirai nishiki-e; triptych

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 14 7/8 in x 29 1/8 in (overall)

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: Kurabe koshi / furiwake kami mo / kata suginu / kimi narazushite / tare ka agubeki くらべこし ふりわけ髪も かた過ぎぬ 君ならすして たれかあぐへき (The hair parted in the middle / That I measured against yours / Now hangs below my shoulders. / For whom shall it be put up, / If not for you?), printed in black ink, left print, upper 1/4, within the block Language: Japanese Description: In Tales of Ise, the chapter on The Well Curb (Tsutsu izutsu), this is the response of the young woman to the poem in the center sheet of the triptych.

inscription: Tsutsu itsu no izutsu ni kakeshi maro ga take suginikerashi na imozaru ma ni 筒井つの 井筒にかけし まろかたけ 過にけらしな いもみざるまに (My height that we measured / At the well curb / Has, it seems, . Passed the old mark / Since last I saw you. [Translation by Helen C. McCullough]), printed in black, center print, upper 1/4, within the block Language: Japanese Description: Poem by the young man in Tales of Ise chapter on 'The Well Curb' (Tsutsu izutsu)

signature: Eishi ga 栄之画 (picture [by] Eishi), printed in black ing, right sheet: right center; center sheet: left center; left sheet: left center Language: Japanese

censor's mark: 極 (kiwame), printed in black ink, right sheet: lower left; center sheet: lower right; left sheet; lower center Language: Japanese

publisher's mark: Eiju han [seal of Nishimuraya Yohachi] & 永壽版 (Published by Eiju), printed in black ink; the characters within a square cartouche, on each sheet Language: Japanese Description: Nishimuraya Yohashi's firm name was Eijudô 永壽堂

inscription: Tsuki ya aran[u] / haru ya mukashi no / haru naran[u] / waga mi hitotsu / moto no mi ni shite 月や あらん 春や むかしの はる ならん 我身ひとつ もとのめにして (Is that not the moon? And is the spring not the spring Of a year ago? This body of mine alone Remains as it was before.), printed in black ink, right print, upper 1/4, within the block Language: Japanese Description: A poem by Ariwara no Narihira which appears in Tales of Ise. Translation by Donald Keene.

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Japanese Traditional Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

Accession Number

32.263a-c

Copyright

public domain

Terms

bijinga

Japanese woodblock prints

relief printing

relief prints

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

The Tales of Ise

triptychs

woodcuts

Description
History
Exhibitions

2005 Crowd Appeal: Impressions of Edo Japan Portland Art Museum

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