Asahina Enjoying Himself in Hell (Asahina jigoku asobi no zu)

「朝比奈地獄遊図(あさひなぢごくあそびのづ)」

Japanese
Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 9th month (?)
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.34998.111a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From an album of satirical prints, 11.34998.1-112.

Signed

Ikkeisai Yoshiiku hitsu (on left sheet)
一蕙斎芳幾筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 9 (?) aratame
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark
改印:辰九改ヵ
彫師:なし
版元: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: September 29, 2004)

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