A Housewife (Okamisan), from the series Short Comic Stories by the Rakugo Master Sanshôtei Karaku (Ichibu senkô sokuseki banashi, Sanshôtei Karaku)

「一歩線香即席噺 三笑亭可楽」 「おかみさん」

Japanese
Edo period
1820s
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 25.2 cm (14 7/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15548

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Sanshôtei Karaku I (1777-1833) was one of the first rakugo performers (comic storytellers) and the founder of a line that continues to the present day. “Ichibu senkô sokuseki banashi,” a story short enough to be told while one stick of temple incense burned, was the first kind of story taught to aspiring rakugo artists. In this series title, however, the term is written with the character for “one step” rather than “one stick.”

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

No censor's seal

改印:なし

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection