Dragon (Tatsu): (Actor as) Tokubei's Wife (Nyôbô) Otatsu, from the series Selections for the Twelve Zodiac Signs (Mitate jûnishi no uchi)

「見立十二支之内 辰 徳兵衛女房おたつ」

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kakumotoya Kinjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Minokichi (Hori Mino) (Japanese, 1833–1906)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 25.2 cm (14 7/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22168

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.22168 (with date seal), 11.28634 (without date seal)

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino

改印:米良、渡辺
彫師:彫巳の

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