Kanbara Station: The Old Story of the Six Pine Trees (Kanbara no eki, roppon matsu no koji), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

「東海道五十三対 蒲原の駅 六本松の故事」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Enshûya Matabei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T78-16; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.16

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.5 cm (14 9/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42967

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station 16, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: *11.25045 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.42967, 11.45385.16

Inscription

六本松の故事
 むかし矢矧の浄瑠璃姫 判官殿を恋い慕ふてここまで到り 疲れて終に死す 里人憐みて葬り 塚の即に松を六本植置たり 後 小野お通といへる風流の妓女 此姫の生涯の事を書つらね十二段とし薩摩といへる傀儡師に教て節を付 語せける 是浄るりの中祖也

Signed

Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga
朝櫻楼国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Mura
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: paulownia (kiri)
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