Genji's Festival of Alluring Flowers (Sono yukari enka no sairei)

「其由縁花の祭礼」

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G377 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych, creped; 21.7 x 46.9 cm (8 9/16 x 18 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38840a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1963.6a-c (creped and mounted in album), 11.38731a-c, 11.38840a-c (creped)

Signed

Ichijusai Kunisada ga (on right sheet), Kunisada ga (on center sheet), Baichôrô Kunisada ga (on left sheet)

一寿斎国貞画 梅蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 12 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:戌十二改
彫師:なし

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