Butterflies (Kochô), from the series A Set of Five Designs for the Katsushika Group: Textiles Dyed the Colors of Spring Dawn (Katsushika goban haru no akebono-zome)

「かつしか五番 春のあけほの染 胡蝶」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)


Catalogue Raisonné

Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #74

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21.4 x 18.8 cm (8 7/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.19861

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Commissioned by the Katsushika poetry club.

Inscription

Taoyameka kasashinochôha yuiwakeno umenoafurano kaoyashitaheru
Hakujitsuen Ganju
Saohimeka yanaginokamimo yûgeshô benisasusorani chônooshiroi
Keikyûsha Tadamori
Iroasenu kasuminokinuno murasakini harunomoyôya chônosurihaku
Hakumôsha

たおやめか かさしの蝶は 結わけの 梅のあふらの かをやしたへる  向日園岩主
佐保姫か 柳のかミも 夕化粧 紅さすそらに 蝶のおしろい  鶏鳴舎忠守
色あせぬ かすミのきぬの むらさきに 春のもやうや 蝶のすり箔  白毛舎

Signed

Gakutei

岳亭

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