Kappa in a Shop of Stencil-dyed Goods, from the series Collection of Equipment of Merchants (Akinai dôgu shû no uchi)

「商内道具集之内(あきないどうぐしうのうち)」 「御合羽品々」 (合羽品の店に河童)

Japanese
Edo period
1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
Artist Issunshi Hanasato (Japanese, active 1840s), Publisher Watame (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.5 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.37960

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

There is an implied pun on kappa “river monster” and kappa “stencil.”

Signed

Issunshi Hanasato ga
一寸子花里画

Markings

Censor's seal: Watari
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: Hanasato
改印:渡
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