By Request, a Parody of Komachi Praying for Rain (Ôju mitate Amagoi), from the series Seven Komachi (Nana Komachi)

「七小町」 「応需見立雨こひ」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1818–20 (Bunsei 1–3)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kawaguchiya Uhei (Fukusendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e taikei 10 (1976), #67; the series: Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), checklist 1-12

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 23.6 cm (13 15/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43131

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The complete series: 11.43219 to 11.43135.

Inscription

Poem: Kotowari ya/ hi no moto nareba/ teri mo sen/ saritote wa mata/ ame ga shita to wa

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画

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: 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