Koto (Kin), from the series The Four Accomplishments (Kinkishoga no uchi)

「琴棋書画之内 琴」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Jôshûya Kinzô (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G146 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.7 x 73.5 cm (13 11/16 x 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45111a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29103-4 (two right sheets only), 11.45111a-c, 11.45116a-c

Signed

Kunisada aratame Tokyokuni ga (right sheet), Kôchôrô Tokyokuni ga (center sheet), Ichiyôsai Tokyokuni ga (left sheet)
国貞舎豊国画(年玉印) 香蝶楼豊国画(年玉印) 一陽斎豊国画(年玉印)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:米良、村田
彫師:彫工房次郎

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