Izumo Province: Okuni, from the series The Sixty-odd Provinces of Great Japan (Dai Nihon rokujûyoshû no uchi)

「大日本六十余州之内 出雲 阿国」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845 (Kôka 2)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Other artist Utagawa Yoshitoyo (Japanese, 1830–1866), Publisher Jôshûya Jûzô / Jûbei (Kinjûdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S36.41

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 24.7 cm (14 5/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.42464

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a series jointly designed by Kunisada and Kuniyoshi, with insets by various pupils of the two main artists.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on main image); Monjin Ichiryûsai Yoshitoyo ga (on inset)

一勇斎国芳画、門人一龍斎芳豊画

Markings

Censor's seal: Watari
Blockcutter's mark: Teppô kokutô

改印:渡
彫師:鉄炮刻刀

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