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『画本虫撰』 「虻」「芋虫」
Horsefly (abu); Green Caterpillar, imomushi, from the Picture Book of Crawling Creatures (Ehon mushi erami)

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1788
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Page from woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 1/2 x 7 7/32 in. (26.7 x 18.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
JP1047
Not on view
Ehon mushi erami (Picture Book of Crawling Creatures) is illustrated with fifteen designs of insects and other garden creatures by Utamaro. Published by Tsutaya Jūzaburō , the poems were selected and introduced by a preface written by the poet and scholar Yadoya no Meshimori (Rokujuen; 1753–1830), who later became head of the influential Go-gawa poetry group. Several of the top kyōka poets of the day were invited to contribute.
Inscription: Text by Yadoya no Meshimori and Toriyama Seiken
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes in Japanese Art," June 24, 2010–November 7, 2010.

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