Goldfish in Glass Bulb (or Glass Bottle with Painting of Goldfish)

硝子瓶の中の金魚

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)


Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #162; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 9, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels (1989), fig. 119

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19817

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poem translated in McKee 2008, p. 302.

Inscription

Poem by Yomoginoya: Garasu no/ naka no kingyo no/ sakura-o mo/ kasumi ni tsutsumu/ hana no irokuzu

Signed

Ôju Hokkei hitsu

応需北渓筆

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