Act I (Shodan), from the series Perspective Pictures of the Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Uki-e Chûshingura)

「浮絵忠臣蔵 初段」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Utagawa Kuninao (Japanese, 1795–1854), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 23.5 x 33.2 cm (9 1/4 x 13 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.25848

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Utagawa Kuninao ga

歌川国直画

Markings

Artist's seals: Kuni, Nao

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