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Main Street of the Yoshiwara on a Starlight Night

Artist:
Utagawa Kunisada II (Japanese, 1823–1880)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1852–64
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
8 1/8 x 7 1/8 in. (20.6 x 18.1 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
JP2632
Not on view
Kunisada II, a pupil of Utagawa Kunisada, placed his signature on the lantern in the foreground. Before his marriage to Kunisada's daughter in 1846, his prints were usually signed Baidō Kunimasa; from then on he used the artist's name Kunisada II, until the death of his father-in-law in 1870, when he began to use the name Toyokuni IV.

Two love poems, one by Chokujuen Junma and one by Kiō Enba, are hidden in the night sky.
Signature: Kunisada ga (on the nearest lantern)

Inscription: Poem by Junma:
In the darkness the plum blossoms on the southern branch
bringing to the beholder sudden joy
like that of the girl whose lover comes in the darkness.

The other poem by Emma is indeciperable.
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.

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