Nishikigi of the Kanaya Lighting Incense beside a Mosquito Net

筆のさやを焚く遊女 「かなや内 にしきゞ」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1769–70 (Meiwa 6–7)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #123; Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #572; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #746, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 441

Dimensions

Hashira-e; 67.1 x 12.4 cm (26 7/16 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.16479

Medium or Technique

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

Out on Loan

On display at Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan, September 6, 2017 – October 23, 2017

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No other impression known.

Inscription

Poem: Fude no saya/ yakite matsu yo no/ kaya zo kana

Signed

Suzuki Harunobu ga
鈴木春信画

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: August 3, 1911)

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