No. 52, Ukifune [sic; actually Kagerô], from the series Lady Murasaki's Genji Cards (Murasaki Shikibu Genji karuta)

「紫式部げんじかるた 浮ふね (=かげろふ) 五十二」

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga (2004), #42-52 (with correct title Kagerô); the series: Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G360 (no photos)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.4 × 25.2 cm (14 3/4 × 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21724

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21724 (with incorrect title Ukifune), 11.44597 (with correct title Kagerô)

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: 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