Courtesans Playing Music; based on the triptych Concert of Three Instruments (Sankyoku yûen no zu), from the series Genji in Modern Style (Imayô Genji)

今様源氏 三曲遊宴之図

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 10th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al, Genji's World (2012), list G055 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych, creped; 21 x 30.9 cm (8 1/4 x 12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45409a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21398-400 (complete triptych), 11.45409a-b (two left sheets, without background, creped)

It is not clear whether or not this version included a third sheet with a new title.

Signed

Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

国周画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 10 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:申十改
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