Board Game of Magic (Kijutsu sugoroku)

「奇術双六」

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Game board: 72.5 x 72.5 cm (28 9/16 x 28 9/16 in.) Wrapper: 25.6 x 19.8 cm (10 1/16 x 7 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42121.1-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Game board: 11.42121.1
Original wrapper in which folded game board was sold: 11.42121.2

Signed

Banchû nijû ... Ichi...sai Kunichika ga; Hojo nanajûkyû... Ichiyôsai Toyokuni hitsu, Toyokuni ga

補助

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 9 aratame
Blockcutters' marks: Matsushima Hori Masa (in full-color panels top center and bottom center, and on wrapper); Horikô Ôta Tashichi (in lower left margin)

改印:亥九改
彫師:松島彫政、彫工大田多七

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