Nissaka: The Nightly Weeping Rock, from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

「東海道五十三対 日坂」 小夜の中山夜啼石

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #150; Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T78-26; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #48; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.26; Addiss, Japanese Ghosts and Demons (1985, 2005), p. 43

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 23.3 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.25042

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station 26, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.25042, 11.45385.26

Inscription

昔此駅に何某の浪人妻妊娠しける 夫は忠義の為に吾妻へ趣くにその帰を待居たりし ある夜佐夜の中山沓掛松原にて盗賊出て恋慕し絶ざるにより斬殺し行衡(ゆくへ)しれず 此女日頃念ずる観世音僧と現じ亡婦の懐なる赤子に飴をあたへ養育なさしむ 夫この事をしらず 夢見あしきゆへ 急ぎ我家へ帰る道にて夜啼石(よなきいし)のはなしを聞て なほなほ奇異の思ひをなし 夜にかかり沓掛松原石の辺りを通りしに 妻の亡霊あらはれ くはしき事を物語り懐の赤子を渡し それより魂魄付まとひて終に敵を討しけり

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi
一勇斎国芳

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: 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