Goat (Hitsuji): Guan Yu (Kan'u), from the series Heroes Representing the Twelve Animals of the Zodiac (Buyû mitate jûnishi)

「武勇見立十二支 関羽 未」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1840 (Tenpô 11)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Minatoya Kohei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S17.8

Dimensions

Chûtanzaku; 35.5 x 11.8 cm (14 x 4 2/3 in.)

Accession Number

11.16581

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

No censor's seal
Artist's seal: toshidama
改印: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: 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