Fan Peddler

扇売り

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Okumura Toshinobu (Japanese, active about 1717–1750), Publisher Okumuraya


Dimensions

Hosoban; 30.5 x 14.4 cm (12 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19195

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The fan boxes are decorated with the crests (mon) of kabuki actors.

Inscription

Poem: Hirugao no/ hana no sakari ya/ jikami-uri

Signed

Okumura Bunzen Toshinobu ga

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