『画本虫撰』「蛙」「こかねむし」 Frog (Kaeru); Gold Beetle (Kogane mushi), from the Picture Book of Crawling Creatures (Ehon mushi erami)
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Page from woodblock-printed book; ink and color on paper
10 1/2 x 7 7/32 in. (26.7 x 18.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1918
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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Preface by the author, Yadoya Meshimori (a) Notes by Toriyama Sekiyen (b) Date and name of publisher (c)
[ Edward Colonna , New York, until 1918; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes in Japanese Art," June 24, 2010–November 7, 2010.