Display of Lifesized Dolls (Iki-ningyô): The Upstairs Parlor of a Brothel

生き人形 二かい座敷

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 2), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://blog.livedoor.jp/misemono/archives/cat_50049088.html

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 24.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.38964

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of an incomplete diptych, co-designed with Yoshimori.

MFA impressions: 11.37287a-b (complete diptych), 11.38964 (right sheet only)

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni tawamure ni utsushi, in toshidama cartouche
応需 豊国戯に写(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 2
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Sen
改印:改、辰二
彫師:彫工千

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