Board Game of Five Viscera Pills (Gozôen sugoroku)

「五臓円双六」

Japanese
Edo period
early 1830s
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni II (Toyoshige) (Japanese, about 1802–1835), Publisher Yorozuya Kichibei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Horizontal ôban

Accession Number

11.22243

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

An advertisement in the form of a board game for Five Viscera Pills (Gozôen), a medication sold at the pharmaceutical store of Ôki Kôtetsu in the Ryôgoku district of Edo.

Signed

Toyokuni ga

豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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