Black Herb of Good Fortune (Dai fuku no kuro kusuri), from the series Five Colors (Goshiki no uchi)

「五色之内 大福之黒薬」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1820 (Bunsei 3)
Artist Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (Japanese, 1764?–1820)


Catalogue Raisonné

Other prints in the series: Mirviss, The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono (1995), cat. no. 237; Christie's Sale Catalogue #7576 (October 23, 1992), lot #69; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 2, #301

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20760

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Shinsai

辰斎

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