Modern Lifesized Dolls (Tôsei iki ningyô): Ruan Xiaowu Fighting Underwater, from the Shuihuzhuan (Suikoden)

「当世生人形」 水滸伝の短冥次郎阮小吾

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Iseyoshi (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ono, Misemono fûzoku zushi (1977), p. 150; another version of the same subject: Suzuki 1992, #350

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.4 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36641

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The complete set of three: 11.36639, 11.36640, 11.36641. In the version illustrated in Suzuki 1992, the three scenes are combined into a continuous triptych, with labels identifying the figures.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji
改印:改、辰二
彫師:彫庄治

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