Martial Arts Training of the Thunder Gods (Kaminari shûgyô): Thunder Gods as Miyamoto Musashi and the Hermit of Kasahara, from the series An Assortment of Thunder Gods (Kaminari zukushi)

「雷づくし 雷修行」 (見立て宮本武蔵と笠原老人)

Japanese
Edo period
1842 (Tenpô 13)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Eshima (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri, Kuniyoshi--Edo Culture (2013), #67 (intact sheet with 2 designs)

Dimensions

Horizontal chûban; 18.1 x 25.2 cm (7 1/8 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21659

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a series published with two horizontal chûban designs on each vertical ôban sheet. This design was the lower half of a sheet, with 11.21660 as the upper half.
The publisher’s mark is in the lower right corner, in the orange color block of the floor; in this impression it is almost invisible due to fading.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark
改印:なし
彫師:なし
版元: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