Ch. 3, Utsusemi: Watanabe no Tsuna, from the series Modern Parodies of Genji (Imayô nazorae Genji)

「今様擬源氏 三 空蝉 渡邊綱」

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Ômiya Kyûjirô (Kiyûdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Hori Sashichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 × 23.9 cm (14 × 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39760

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.39760, 11.41105

Inscription

空蝉 宇津蝉の身をかへてけり このもとに猶人からの なつかしきかな

渡邊綱 綱ハ一条戻橋に茨木が腕を切 家に秘(ひめ)置たるを一夜 綱が伯母きたりて蜜(ひそか)に彼腕を見せよといふ なつかしき伯母なれバ開(ひらきて)見するに腕を携へて虚空に飛ひさりぬ

Signed

Ikkeisai Yoshiiku ga
一蕙斎芳幾画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Sashichi koku
Artist's seal: kiri
改印:子七改
彫師:佐七刻

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