Keisei Hangonkô (above) and Mukashi Hachijô (below), from the series A Collection of Comical Ballads (Dôke jôruri zukushi)

「道化浄瑠璃尽 けいせい返魂香(はんごんかう)」 「道化浄瑠璃尽 昔八丈(むかしはちしやう)」

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 36.6 x 26 cm (14 7/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.36678

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi kyôga (above), Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga (below)
一勇斎国芳狂画 一勇斎国芳戯画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、卯十二
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