Left Side: Dance Fan, Right Side: Imitation Fan (Hidari mai-ôgi, migi hari-ôgi), from the series Comparisons of Fans, a Triptych (Ôgi awase sanban no uchi)

「扇合三番内 左舞扇 右張扇」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1822 (Bunsei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #159; Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #194

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.6 x 18.8 cm (8 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.19895

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 313.

Inscription

Poem by Kinjuen Futaki: Otomego no/ ito utsukushiki/ kakegoe ya/ tsuzumi no ume ni/ kinaku uguisu

Poem by Kokintei Tôshi: Yawarakaki/ tsubana no tesaki/ uchinabikasete/ harukaze zo fuku

Poem by Shakuyakute: Kôri sae/ kesa tokesomeshi/ kanze mizu/ ôgi no te ni mo/ sasou harukaze
「琴樹園二喜 少女子のいと美しきかけ声やつゝみの梅に来なく鴬」「虎金亭東之 やはらかきつはなの手先つゝみ草うちなひかせて春風そふく」「芍薬亭 氷さへ今朝とけそめし観世水扇の手にもさそふ春風」

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画

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