Lu Sheng's Transient Dream at Handan (Rosei Kantan issui yume)

「盧生邯鄲一睡夢」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1815–25 (Bunka 12–Bunsei 8)
Artist Kikukawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kondô, ed., Eizan (JUM exh. cat., 1996), triptych list #108 (no photo); Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1988), pl. 241 (complete triptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 39 x 80 cm (15 3/8 x 31 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.17847, 11.17848, 11.18131

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.17847 (left), 11.17848 (center), 11.18131 (right)

Signed

Kikukawa Eizan hitsu (on left sheet only)
菊川英山筆

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame (on left sheet only)
改印:極

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