Act V of Chûshingura and others, from the series A Children's Handbook of String Pictures (Kyokumusubi osana tehon)

「曲結稚画手本(きょくむすびをさなゑてほん)」 五だんめ 等

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 9th month
Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)


Catalogue Raisonné

Salter, Japanese Popular Prints (2006), p. 132, fig. 136; Bakumatsu Meiji no tensai eshi Kawanabe Kyôsai ten (1998), #108; Oikawa, Clark & Forrer, Comic Genius: Kawanabe Kyôsai/Kyôsai giga kyôga ten (1996), #141; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #176

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 24.5 cm (13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.37168

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.36773, 11.37168
Other prints in the series: 11.36774, 11.36775

Signed

Ôju Seisei Chikamaro
応需惺々周麿

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 9 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:亥九改
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