Miya Station: The Grave of the Returning Spirit (Miya no eki, Hangonzuka), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

「東海道五十三対 宮乃駅 反魂塚」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #149; Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T78-42; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.43

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45385.42

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station 42, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.22416, *11.30435 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.45385.42

Inscription

反魂塚
 むかし藤といふ女有 その夫奥州の方へ遠征に行て久しく帰らつ 妻これを歎きて終に空しくなる 夫月を累ねて帰り愁傷し東岸居士といふ名僧に願ひければ反魂の法を行ひ烟中に姿をあらはしたまふ その藤女か塚といふ

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga
応需豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: Mura
No blockcutter's mark
改印:村
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