Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Gift of Estate of Samuel Isham, 1914
Not on view
An "oiran" stands in a house by the sea, trning to look thrugh the open "shoji" at the rippling waves while the seated woman fans the fire in a hibachi to make a teakettle boil. Above is an ode by Minamoto Shitagō from Jūishū #171:
Mizu no omo ni teru tsukinami o kazofureba koyoi zo aki no monaka narikeru.
When we count the moons on the waves We know that it is mid-autumn.
Signature: Harunobu ga
Hempstead. The Emily Lowe Gallery. "Art of Japan: Beautiful Women of the "Floating World"," October 10, 1979–October 31, 1979.
Sarasota Springs. Skidmore College. "A Survey of Japanese Prints: Moronobu to Nensho," February 14, 1980–March 2, 1980.