Gold in the Sand: Honda Yoshimitsu at Horie Pond (Suna no naka no ôgon, Horie, Honda Yoshimitsu), from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakuzu)

狂斎百図 「砂の仲の黄金」 「堀江」 「本田義光」

Japanese
Edo period
1863–66 (Bunkyû 3–Keiô 2)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kaikan sanjû shûnen kinen Kawanabe Kyôsai kinen bijutsukan cat. (2008), p. 102, #0777 (sheet of 4); Oikawa and Yamaguchi, Kyôsai no giga (1992), #86

Dimensions

Vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban); 18.6 x 12.7 cm (7 5/16 x 5 in.)

Accession Number

11.37042

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The famous triad of Buddhist images enshrined at the temple of Zenkô-ji was said to have been rescued from Horie Pond by Honda Yoshimitsu, for whom the temple was named (his personal name Yoshimitsu could also be pronounced Zenkô). In Kyôsai’s humorous version, Yoshimitsu takes the Buddhist images home to his wife and children and feeds them a good meal.

Signed

Kyôsai giga
狂斎戯画

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark
改印:なし
彫師:なし
版元: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