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Gompachi Komurasaki no Toko no Tsuki
逢身八契 権八小紫の床の通気
Shared Feelings in the Bedchamber of Komurasaki and Gompachi

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1795
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 14 15/16 in. (37.9 cm); W. 10 3/16 in. (25.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
JP1440
Not on view
This series involves an elaborate pun on the traditional Eight Views of Omi painting theme. Omi is both a place name and the phonetic reading of the characters for "lovers' meetings." In these prints, lovers made famous in joruri puppet plays and in the Kabuki theater are matched with sentiments created out of word play on each of the conventional titles of the eight scenes. This print corresponds to the "Autumn Moon at Ishiyama" scene, punning "moon" (or "tsuki") with "shared feelings" (also "tsuki").
Signature: Utamaro fude
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1998.

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