No. 48, Sawarabi, from the series Lady Murasaki's Genji Cards (Murasaki Shikibu Genji karuta)

「紫式部げんじかるた さわらび 四十八」

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 11th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga (2004), #42-48; the series: Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G360 (no photos)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.44492

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21726, 11.44492, 11.44593

Signed

Baichôrô Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouches
梅蝶楼国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 11
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、巳十一
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: 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