Glass Model of a Foreign Ship (Gyaman-bune), with Mechanical Dolls
Suzuki et al., Utagawa Kuniyoshi ten (1996), #296; Suzuki 1992, #335
Vertical ôban diptych; 35.9 x 50 cm (14 1/8 x 19 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The creation of the dollmaker Masanobu and the maker of mechanical devices Takeiwa, the model ship (size unknown, but probably fairly large) was exhibited in the fairgrounds at Asakusa in 1847. In addition to various figures from Chinese history and legend is a Japanese nobleman in black, representing Kibi Daijin, an early ambassador to China.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
Censors' seals: Hama, Kinugasa
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection