Mist on the Mountain of Flowers: First Playing of Musical Instruments at New Year (Hana no yama kasumi no hikizome)

「花山宿霞の弾始(はなのやまかすみのひきぞめ)」

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 77.2 cm (14 1/8 x 30 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43583a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 1
Blockcutter's marks: Yokokawa Hori Take (on right and center sheets), Hori Take (on left sheet)

改印:改、辰正
彫師:横川彫竹 彫竹

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