A Six-fold Screen of Famous Pictures (Meiga rokushi byôbu): Actors as Narihira at Yatsuhashi (above) and a Courtesan Reading by Lamplight (below)

「名画六枝屏風」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 23.6 cm (14 3/8 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36717

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

11.36715-7 may be a triptych (no virtual record). The title suggests that there may have been two triptychs, representing one six-fold screen with various pictures pasted to it.

Signed

Igusa Kuniyoshi (top), Chôôrô Kuniyoshi (bottom)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:米良、村田
彫師:彫工房次郎

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