Kitao Shigemasa: Silkworm Cultivation: Number 9
Artist: Kitao Shigemasa
Title: Silkworm Cultivation: Number 9
Series: Kaiko yashinai gusa; Dai kyû
Date: ca. 1772
As her companion kneels at right, selecting silkworm cocoons, a standing woman spools silk thread directly from silkworm cocoons that are boiling in a wood-fired container at their feet. This design is from a series of twelve on sericulture (silk production), and was designed collaboratively with Katsukawa Shunsho. The example at the MFA in Boston has completely lost all of its color, unlike here.
Condition: Excellent impression and color; very good condition. Repaired wormage near lower margin.
Dimensions: chuban 28 x 20 cm
Literature: See MFA website.
Signature: Kitao Shigemasa ga