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
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H. 14 15/16 in. (37.9 cm); W. 10 3/16 in. (25.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1922
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.
Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)Date: probably 1789Medium: Woodblock printed book (orihon, accordion-style); ink, color, mica, and gold-leaf on paperAccession: 2013.897On view in:Not on view