Home of Blind Female Musicians (Goze no taku) (above) and Giô and Gijo Renouncing the World (Giô Gijo shusse no zu) (below), from the series Dolls with a Hundred Faces Displayed in the Precincts of the Ekô-in in Eastern Ryogoku (Higashi Ryôgoku Ekô-in kei

「東両国回向院境内二於人形百面相の内 ごぜの宅」「両国回向院境内二於 百面相人形の内 祇王祇女出世の図」

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ono, Misemono fûzoku zushi (1977), p. 381

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.6 × 24.6 cm (14 × 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.17369

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series shows an exhibition of lifesized dolls of women in many aspects, held at the Ekô-in temple. The MFA has a flier for the exhibition, 11.45587, and four prints from the series, with two designs each: 11.17369, 11.17370, 11.17371, 11.22723.

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche
国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 4 (?)
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、巳四
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: 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