Eastern Genji's Cherry-blossom Banquet (Azuma Genji hana no yûen)

「吾妻源氏花乃遊宴」

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseyoshi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G244 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.1 x 75.4 cm (14 5/8 x 29 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15882-4

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.15882 (left), 11.15883 (center), 11.15884 (right)

A recycled version of the same design with maple leaves instead of cherry blossoms: 00.839-40 (two left sheets only)

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、辰十二
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: 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