Crab and Peonies

牡丹に蟹

Japanese
Edo period
about 1825 (Bunsei 8)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, Surimono: Poetry and Image (2000), #24; Rijksmuseum cat. IV, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School (1984), #149

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 18.6 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19909

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poems translated in Rijksmuseum 2000, p. 50.

Inscription

「文窓竹雅 春風のけさ福牡丹蟹ほたんふくやかに見る物にそありける」「江州 文鎮舎蟹雄 節分の豆蟹も出てめてぬらむ艸の名によふ廿日正月」「文々舎 いさましき牡丹の花にはち/\とひらくあふきの蟹めめたし」

Signed

Ôju Kunisada ga

応需国貞画

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