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Woman holding an umbrella
石川豊信筆 傘持つ美人
Date: approx. 1740s
Object Name: Woodblock print (beni-e)
Materials: Ink with hand-applied color on paper
Dimensions: H. 28 in x W. 6 1/8 in, H. 71.1 cm x W. 15.6 cm (habahiro hashira-e)
Credit Line: Gift of the Grabhorn Ukiyo-e Collection
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Prints And Drawings
Object Number: 2005.100.17
On Display: No

Description

Label: The narrow pillar print, or hashira-e, format is used to advantage in this work not only to showcase the subject’s figure and beautiful face but also to display her fashionable attire and hairstyle. A broad-faced beauty with heavy, sensual expression stands delicately on flaring “ginko leaf ” geta (wooden clogs), revealing tiny bare toes. Her hair is done up fashionably with an upper section wound at the back in a figure eight around a distinctly patterned tortoiseshell hair bar (kōgai), then further adorned with a matching tortoiseshell comb and a double crane lozenge–shaped openwork hairpin (kanzashi). The most unusual aspect of this print is the woman’s ivy-patterned raincoat, with its standing collar, cord fasteners, and bow-tied sleeves. This kind of sleeved raincoat (sodekappa) may have been derived from the coats of Portuguese missionaries and traders, and altered to fit the shape of traditional Japanese clothing. The woman’s sultry expression, the glimpses of flesh, and the massive, protruding snake-eye umbrella (janome) give this print a latent eroticism that is heightened by its compressed vertical format.

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Signature/Seal: Signature: 咀篠堂石川秀葩豊信圖 Tanjōdō Ishikawa Shūha Toyonobu zu

Artist’s seal: 石川氏 Ishikawa uji; 豊信 Toyonobu

Marks: Publisher’s mark: mark of Urokogataya
Exhibition History: “The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection”, Asian Art Museum, 2/20/15-5/10/15
Label: The narrow pillar print, or hashira-e, format is used to advantage in this work not only to showcase the subject’s figure and beautiful face but also to display her fashionable attire and hairstyle. A broad-faced beauty with heavy, sensual expression stands delicately on flaring “ginko leaf ” geta (wooden clogs), revealing tiny bare toes. Her hair is done up fashionably with an upper section wound at the back in a figure eight around a distinctly patterned tortoiseshell hair bar (kōgai), then further adorned with a matching tortoiseshell comb and a double crane lozenge–shaped openwork hairpin (kanzashi). The most unusual aspect of this print is the woman’s ivy-patterned raincoat, with its standing collar, cord fasteners, and bow-tied sleeves. This kind of sleeved raincoat (sodekappa) may have been derived from the coats of Portuguese missionaries and traders, and altered to fit the shape of traditional Japanese clothing. The woman’s sultry expression, the glimpses of flesh, and the massive, protruding snake-eye umbrella (janome) give this print a latent eroticism that is heightened by its compressed vertical format.
Signature/Seal: Signature: 咀篠堂石川秀葩豊信圖 Tanjōdō Ishikawa Shūha Toyonobu zu

Artist’s seal: 石川氏 Ishikawa uji; 豊信 Toyonobu

Marks: Publisher’s mark: mark of Urokogataya
Exhibition History: “The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection”, Asian Art Museum, 2/20/15-5/10/15