Oniwakamaru and the Giant Carp

鬼若丸と大緋鯉

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845 (Kôka 2)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Minoya Chûsuke (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #130; Suzuki 1992, #72; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 48; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T171, and pl. 54

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 71.2 cm (14 3/16 x 28 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41063a-c

Medium or Technique

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

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Mera
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: kiri
改印:米良
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