Modern Parody of an Exclusive Selection of Kites (Tôsei mitate tako zukushi)

「当世見立凧つくし」

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 11th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Iseya Tôkichi (Daikyôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #97

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 × 72.9 cm (14 × 28 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.34928a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ôju Kunichika ga (on right sheet), Kunichika ga (on center and left sheets)
応需国周画 国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 11 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô
Artist's seal: toshidama
改印:丑十一改
彫師:彫長

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: December 15, 2000)

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