Enjoying Flowers (Hana asobi), from the series Moon, Snow, and Flowers (Getsusekka no uchi)

「月雪花ノ内 花遊」

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 1st month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Masudaya Ginjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G074 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.16132, 11.16137, 11.16138

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.16132 (right), 11.16137 (left), 11.16138 (center)

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Horikô Chôjirô (on right and left sheets), Katada Hori Chô (on center sheet)
改印:卯正改
彫師:ホリ工長治郎 片田彫長

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