Irrigation in the River of Heaven (Ama no kawa no sekisui), from the series An Assortment of Thunder Gods (Kaminari zukushi)
Horizontal chûban; 19.6 x 25 cm (7 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Thunder gods as a peasant family, using the circle of drums as an irrigation waterwheel.
Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga
No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection