Matchmaking at the Grand Shrine of Izumo (Taisha en-musubi)

「大社ゑんむすび」

Japanese
Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 4th month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 53 cm (14 3/16 x 20 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.37596a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.34998.75a-b, 11.37596a-b

Signed

Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu
一魁斎芳年筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 4 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:辰四改
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: January 19, 2005)

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