Charm against Measles

痳疹よけのまじない

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshimori (Japanese, 1830–1884), Publisher Kogaya Katsugorô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Konishi, Nishiki-e Bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 2 (1977), p. 75

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 24.5 cm (13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.37282

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

To avoid measles, copy the poem on a leaf and float the leaf away down a river. If no suitable leaf is available, this print may be cut up and used instead.

Signed

Yoshimori giga

芳盛画

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 4 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:戌四改
彫師:なし

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