Gathering Pine Shoots on the Day of the Rat (Ne no hi no komatsubiki), from the series Alluring Flowers for the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac (Enshi hana no jûni shi)

「艶姿花の十二支 子の日小まつ引」

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Daijirô (Hori Dai) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 26 cm (14 9/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.40996

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Nanajûkyûsai Toyokuni hitsu
七十九歳豊国筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Dai
改印:子二改
彫師:彫大

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: January 19, 2005)

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