Hotei: Woman Making Decorated Boxes, from the series Haikai Poems for the Seven Gods of Good Fortune (Haikai Shichifukujin no uchi)

「俳諧七福神之内 布袋」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–50 (Kôka 4–Kaei 3)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.6 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39047

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.15115, 11.39047

Inscription

「年玉やものとりかはすむつましさ」「御手細工の団扇は愛る御宿の童達におくり戸棚に見えし夜具袋は和尚が傍の布袋に似たり床にかけたる花入の其名も恰布袋竹それかれ同さまなれど肥たる形にひきがへていと嬋☆(女偏にムの下に月旁)なる姿うつくし 応需柳下亭種員戯述」

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga

一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censor's seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、村田
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: 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