First Carpentry Work of the Year (Chôna hajime)

手斧初め

Japanese
Edo period
about 1801–18 (Kyôwa 1–Bunka 15)
Artist Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (Japanese, 1764?–1820)


Catalogue Raisonné

Mizuta Museum, Surimono (2004), cat. no. 201

Dimensions

Kokonotsugiri; 13.6 x 18.2 cm (5 3/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20043

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The beginning of the New Year for carpenters was celebrated as an annual event at the Sensô-ji temple in Asakusa on the 11th day of the 1st month.

Signed

Ryûryûkyo Shinsai ga

柳々居辰斎画

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