Does It Look Like Them? A Goldfish Parody (Mitate nita ka kingyô)

「見たて似たかきん魚」

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 × 25.2 cm (14 3/16 × 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41231

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Actors as fish, in the manner of Yoshiiku’s teacher Kuniyoshi. MFA prints from the series: 11.41231, 11.41232.

Signed

Ikkeisai Yoshiiku giga
一蕙斎芳幾戯画

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ôta Tashichi
改印:亥六改
彫師:彫太田多七

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