Comical Warriors: New Year's Rice Cakes for the Reign of Our Lord (Dôke musha miyo no wakamochi)

「道外武者御代の若餅」

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), intercalary 4th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active about 1836–1887), Publisher Sawaya Kôkichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #189; Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 147; Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), p. 169, fig. 41; Thompson and Harootunian, Undercurrents (1991), fig. 40; Miyao, Nihon no giga (1967), p. 148

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.8 × 25 cm (14 1/2 × 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39732

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.39729, 11.39730, 11.39731 (first ed., with seals), 11.39732 (first ed., with seals), 11.39737, 11.41423

Inscription

Poem: Kimi ga yo o/ tsukikatametari/ haru no mochi
「君が代をつきかためたり春のもち」

Signed

Konomi ni tsuki Ichimôsai Yoshitora ga
好ニ付 一猛斎芳虎画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、村田
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