Jiraiya, from the series Sagas of Beauty and Bravery (Biyû Suikoden)

「美勇水滸伝 児雷也」

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 6th month
Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Publisher Ômiya Kyûjirô (Kiyûdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #25

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 24.4 x 17.9 cm (9 5/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35906

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

「義賊の長尾形周馬弘行は蝦蟆の妖術を以て不義の財宝ハ貧れども卑賎の患苦を救ひ味方を衆め懐旧の侯伯(に)復せんと計るその器自ら優なりとぞ」

Signed

Gyokuô Yoshitoshi hitsu
玉桜芳年筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa
改印:寅六改
彫師:松島彫政

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