A Popular Story of Rabbits (Ryûkô usagi-banashi)

「流行兎咄」  「兎咄」

Japanese
Meiji era
1873 (Meiji 6), December
Artist Utagawa Koyoshimori (Japanese, active late 1860s–early 1870s), Publisher Kiya Sakutarô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 2 (1982), #189 (right sheet only)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.1 x 47.8 cm (13 13/16 x 18 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42009a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

It is unclear whether these two sheets are a diptych or separate sheets in a series.

Signed

Ichibunsai Ko Yoshimori giga (on right sheet), Ko Yoshimori giga (on left sheet)
一文斎小芳盛戯画、 小芳盛戯画

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:酉十二
彫師: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: January 19, 2005)

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