A Human Textile Pattern to Stop You from Yawning: With Fourteen Bodies, It Looks Like Thirty-five People (Akubi dome jinbutsu sarasa, jûyonin no karada ni te sanjûgonin ni miyuru)

「欠留人物更紗 十四人のからだにて三十五人にミゆる」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1842 (Tenpô 13)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #84; Iwakiri 2011, #311; Suzuki et al., Utagawa Kuniyoshi ten (1996), #230; Suzuki 1992, #381; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #4

Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 23.3 x 26.2 cm (9 3/16 x 10 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15986

Medium or Technique

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

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga
一勇斎国芳戯画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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