Life-sized Dolls Exhibited at Asakusa Okuyama (Asakusa Okuyama iki-ningyô)

「浅草奥山生人形」

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese, Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Salter, Japanese Popular Prints (2006), p. 35, fig. 25; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #111; Genshoku Ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 4 (1981), #304 (left sheet only); Ono, Misemono fûzoku zushi (1977), p. 113

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.3 x 51.2 cm (14 5/16 x 20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28826-7

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.28826 (left), 11.28827 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.28826-7, 11.34935a-b

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 4
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji
改印:改、卯四
彫師:彫庄治

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