In the Kiso Mountains, Higuchi Kanemitsu Defeats a Giant Ape (Kiso sanchû Higuchi Kanemitsu ôzaru taiji)

「木曾山中 樋口兼光大狒々退治(ひぐちかねみつおほざるたいぢ)」

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 8th month
Artist Ichieisai Yoshitsuya (Japanese, 1822–1866), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e daijiten (2008), p. 542

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

00.1378-80

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 00.1378 (center), 00.1379 (left), 00.1380 (right)

MFA impressions: 00.1378-80, 11.22911-3

The name of the monster given in the title box on the right sheet is glossed “ôzaru” but written with characters that would normally be read “ôhihi;” a variant of this pronunciation is given in the label beside the image of the creature on the left sheet, reading “ôhishi.” Now the modern word for a baboon, “hihi” also indicates a traditional ape-like monster.

Signed

Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga (on each sheet)
一英斎芳艶画

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 8
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Kane
改印:午八
彫師:彫工兼

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock