No. 4, from the series Silkworm Cultivation (Kaiko yashinai gusa)
about 1772 (Meiwa 9/An'ei 1)
Artist Kitao Shigemasa (Japanese, 1739–1820)
Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 10, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, I (1988), fig. 82
Vertical chûban; 27 x 19.3 cm (10 5/8 x 7 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a series of twelve sheets jointly designed by Shunshô (nos. 1, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12) and Shigemasa (nos. 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10).
Kitao Shigemasa ga
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection