No. 471, from the series The Post Dispatch Newspaper (Yûbin hôchi shinbun)

「郵便報知新聞 第四百七十一号」

Japanese
Meiji era
1875 (Meiji 8)
Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 23.6 cm (13 15/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37733

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Kino stabbing her husband with a fruit knife after discovering his affair with her sister. The text relates that Kakichi, the husband, died after 40 days, and that his wife was sent to prison for 5 years.

Signed

Taiso Yoshitoshi

大蘇芳年

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: January 19, 2005)

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