Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

『閨の雛形』 正月
Plate from the Erotic Book Mounds of Dyed Colors: A Pattern Book for the Boudoir (Someiro no yama neya no hinagata), First Month

Artist:
Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1736–44
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hand-colored woodblock illustration; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm); W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
JP1499
Not on view
The source of red for beni-e coloring, as shown here, was safflower (benibana). Beautifully hand-colored prints like this one clearly foretell the technique of multicolored brocade prints invented by Suzuki Harunobu in 1765. Broad ink lines have receded into thin regular outlines to better integrate with colored patterns, while the landscape on a sliding panel shows an ink monochrome painting inspired by the Kano school.
A pipe-smoking patron in the pleasure quarters has engaged the services of both a young woman and a young man. The poem at the far left includes phrases that can be translated as "fragrant plum trees" and "two guardian kings," witty references to the young man and woman.
Signature: Okumura Bunkaku Masanobu zu
Related Objects

A Man Standing Outside the Gate of a Large House

Artist: Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Date: ca. 1738 Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink, color, and hand-coloring on paper Accession: JP188 On view in:Not on view

Yaoya O Shichi Standing, Holding a Love Letter and a Battledore

Artist: Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Date: ca. 1748 Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Accession: JP189 On view in:Not on view

A Young Man Seated between Two Women

Artist: Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Date: ca. 1749 Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Accession: JP687 On view in:Not on view

A Geisha Seated upon a Shogi in Front of a Tea-house

Artist: Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Date: ca. 1763 Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Accession: JP666 On view in:Not on view

Print

Artist: Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Date: ca. 1700 Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Accession: JP678 On view in:Not on view