Chanter, from an untitled set of Five Musicians (Gonin-bayashi)

五人囃子 唄

Japanese
Edo period
about 1783 (Tenmei 3)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0555; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #227.1, and pl. 108

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 25.8 x 19.2 cm (10 3/16 x 7 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19353

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.19353, 21.8411

Hirano points out that the designs on the kimono suggest the Five Festivals, as follows:
Chanter: New Year (1/1)
Flute Player: The Doll Festival (3/3)
Small Hand Drum: The Boys’ Festival (5/5)
Large Hand Drum: The Tanabata Festival (7/7)
Drum on Stand: The Chrysanthemum Festival (9/9)

Signed

Kiyonaga ga

清長画

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