Inuta Kobungo, from an untitled series of Eight Dog Heroes of Satomi

里見八犬伝 「犬田小文吾」

Japanese
Edo period
1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.4 x 25.5 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43792

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Unidentified publisher’s mark “Man.”

Inscription

「里見八犬士一固にて行徳商家古名古屋文五兵衛子なり 長禄三年の生れ 生長力量たくましく武術達し侠勇仁信ありて見八と兄弟の契儀を結ひ 広野を急く旅中老猪に出合これを打とめ 其後毒婦船虫に災ひせられしが石浜の城中にて犬坂毛野に危難をすくはるゝ」

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga

香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: Mura
No blockcutter's mark

改印:村
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