Nos. 8 to 9 (above) and 10 to 11 (below), from the series A Primer for Children in Comical Pictures (Jitsugokyô kyôga dôgaku)

「実語教 狂画童学」

Japanese
Edo period
1842 (Tenpô 13)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Aritaya Seiemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 35.4 x 23.4 cm (13 15/16 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36674

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

「八 雖積千両金 不如一日学」 千両の金(こがね)を積むと雖も 一日の学にハ如かず
「九 兄弟常不合 慈悲為兄弟」 兄弟は常に会わず 慈悲を兄弟とす
「十 財物永不存 才智為財物」 財物は永く存せず 才智を財物とす
「十一 四大日々衰 心神夜々暗」 四大日々衰へ 心神(しんじん)夜々(やや)暗し

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each design)
一勇斎国芳画

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