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Koshikibu no Naishi (The Koshikibu Handmaid), from an untitled series of Hyakunin isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each)

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Suzuki Harunobu, Koshikibu no Naishi (The Koshikibu Handmaid), from an untitled series of Hyakunin isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), 1767/1768, color woodblock print with embossing on paper; chūban nishiki-e, The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection, public domain, 32.69

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Title

Koshikibu no Naishi (The Koshikibu Handmaid), from an untitled series of Hyakunin isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each)

Related Titles

catalog entry; descriptive: Koshikibu no Naishi detains her poetry rival, Fujiwara no Sadayori, from an untitled series of Hyakunin isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each)

original language: 小式部内侍

series (original language); descriptive: 百人一首

series (translated); descriptive: One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each

series (transliterated); descriptive: Hyakunin isshu

translated: The Koshikibu Handmaid

transliterated: Koshikibu no Naishi

Artist

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725?-1770)

Date

1767/1768

Medium

color woodblock print with embossing on paper; chūban nishiki-e

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba 2002, 161; Ukiyoe shūka v. 9, fig. 14; Waterhouse 2013, 221-222

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 10 7/8 in x 8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: Koshikibu [no] Naishi // Ōe-yama / Ikuno no michi no / tōkereba / mada fumi mo mizu / Ama no Hashidate 小式部内侍 // 大江山 / いく野のみちの / とふければ / 天のはしたて (Koshikibu no Naishi: Ōe Mountain and / the road that goes to Ikuno / are far away, and so / not yet have I trod there, nor letter seen / from the Bridge to Heaven), printed in black within cloud-shaped register, upper middle Language: Japanese Description: Poem by Koshikibu no Naishi (d. 1025). (Translation adapted from Joshua S. Mostow, Pictures of the Heart: The Hyakunin Isshu in Word and Image (Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 1996), 319.)

signature: Harunobu ga 春信画 (picture [by] Harunobu), printed in black relief, lower right Language: Japanese

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

32.69

Copyright

public domain

Terms

chuban

embossing

Japanese woodblock prints

nishiki-e

poetry

relief printing

relief prints

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

woodcuts

Description

Harunobu illustrates a well-known episode from the life of Koshikibu, a young woman who served at court as handmaid to the empress in the early decades of the eleventh century. During a period when her mother, the famous poet Izumi Shikibu, was in a distant province, Koshikibu was chosen to participate in a poetry contest. Sometime before the event, the courtier Sadayori came by to tease her, saying she must be lost without her mother’s guidance. Koshikibu tugs at his sleeve to detain him and puts him in his place with a clever poem.

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