Nihon kijin den (Extraordinary Persons of Japan)

日本奇人伝

Japanese
Edo period
1845
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Author Hanagasa Bunkyô (Japanese, 1785–1860), Publisher Katsumura Jiemon (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Meech, "Kuniyoshi and the Hell Courtesan," in Seduction (2015), fig. 52; Rosenfield, Extraordinary Persons (1999)

Dimensions

Overall: 22.6 x 14.2 cm (8 7/8 x 5 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1997.957

Medium or Technique

Woodblock printed book; ink on paper

Out on Loan

On display at Abeno Harukas Art Museum, Osaka, Japan, October 6, 2017 – November 19, 2017

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Illustrated books

Signed

title, author and printer (?) as indicated on frontispiece: Kuniyoshi ki jinbutsu; Hanagasa ô tenshi; Sanseidô ki
見返し: 國芳畸人物; 花笠翁塡詞; 山静堂記

Provenance

Probably by 1903, part of the library of the department of the Art of Asia, Museum of Fine Arts [see note]; 1997, catalogued by the MFA; 2005, accessioned by the MFA. (Accession Date: June 1, 2005)

NOTE: This may have been deposited at the MFA by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston. Much of Bigelow’s collection of Asian art, books, and works on paper 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 between about 1890 and 1903.

Credit Line

Source unidentified