Extremely Proper (Goku katai)/ Flounder from Wakasa (Wakasa karei), from the series Auspicious Desires on Land and Sea (Sankai medetai zue)

「山海愛度図会 極かたい 若狭鰈(わかさ かれい) 一」

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Other artist Utagawa Yoshitori-jo (Japanese, 1839–about 1870), Publisher Mitaya Kihachi (Japanese), Blockcutter Nakamura Tôkichi (Hori Me-Tô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 24.9 cm (14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28674

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 01 in the series.

MFA impressions: *11.22197 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.26014, 11.28673, 11.28674

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main design); Yoshitori ga (inset)
一勇斎国芳画 芳とり画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 7
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Me-Tô
Artist's seal: kiri
改印:米良、渡辺、子七
彫師:彫目藤

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