Lady Tokiwa in Winter (Fuyu Tokiwa) (above) and Woman after the Bath (Yuagari onna) (below), from the series Dolls with a Hundred Faces (Hyaku mensô ningyô no uchi)

「百面相人形之内 冬ときは」 「百面相人形之内 湯上りおんあ」

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniaki II (Japanese, 1835–1888), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.2 cm (14 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.22723

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series shows an exhibition of lifesized dolls of women in many aspects, held at the Ekô-in temple. The MFA has a flier for the exhibition, 11.45587, and four prints from the series, with two designs each: 11.17369, 11.17370, 11.17371, 11.22723.

Signed

Kuniaki ga

国明画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 5
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳五
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