Agemaki in the Romantic Story of Genji (Tsuya Genji yukari no Agemaki)

「艶源氏 ゆかりの揚巻」

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Ômiya Kyûjirô (Kiyûdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G354 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.17328, 11.17330, 11.17365

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.17328 (left), 11.17330 (center), 11.17365 (right)

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 3
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰三
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: 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