An Auspicious Beast (Ju to iu jû); the Twelve Precepts (Jûni kyôkun)

「寿という獣」「十二教訓」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1848–54 (Kaei era)
Artist Enrôsai Shigemitsu (Japanese, active about 1848–1854), Publisher Kawakin (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #77

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 23.4 cm (14 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37487

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The animal is a composite of parts of the twelve animals of the zodiac.

Signed

Enrôsai Shigemitsu ga
遠浪斎重光画

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark

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