潮干のつと Gifts from the Ebb Tide (The Shell Book) (Shiohi no tsuto)
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper
10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (26 x 19.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1918
Not on view
This illustrated kyōka anthology brings together thirty-six poems by thirty-six poets on the subject of thirty-six seashells. Each spread features six poems above six corresponding images of shells.
This is probably the second printing of the book. The main differences from the first printing are the addition of a horizontal band of metal flakes across the center of the six illustrations and a purple wave pattern printed across the tops of the pages.
Signature: Gakō Kitagawa Utamaro zu; Seal: Jisei Ikke (self-made house)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Kodai-ji Lacquer," 1995.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seasonal Pleasures in Japanese Art (Part One)," October 12, 1995–April 28, 1996.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Mighty Kano School: Orthodoxy and Iconoclasm," December 18, 2004–June 5, 2005.