Kudami-jo Does a Good Deed by Releasing Living Things (Kudami-jo hôjô-e o okonaite zenkon o hodokosu zu): Prince Siddhartha (Shitta Taishi)

鸎弥陀女放生会を行ひて善根を施す図 「悉陀太子(しつたたいし)」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kuniteru I (Sadashige) (Japanese, active about 1820–60)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 25.3 cm (14 5/8 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16221

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center sheet of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.16220a-c (complete triptych), 11.16221 (center sheet only), 11.39906a-c (complete triptych)

Unidentified publisher (Marks U258)

Kudamijo does a good deed in setting her birds free
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniteru ga (in fan cartouche)
一雄斎国輝画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark
改印:福、村松
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: August 3, 1911)

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