Paper for a Folded Calligraphy Copybook (?): Fukurokuju's Festival Float, from the series Games with Fukurokuju's Big Head (Fukurokuju atama no tawamure)
絵入折手本ヵ 「福ろく寿あたまのたハむれ」 祭礼の山車
Artist Unknown, Japanese
Original design by Kuniyoshi: Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #65; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #160
Horizontal ôban; 24.5 x 37.2 cm (9 5/8 x 14 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
6 sheets attached. 11.21816.1-6
Other designs in the series are copied almost directly from the originals by Kuniyoshi, but this one alters the details of the “festival float” made from Fukurokuju’s head and adds the figure of a Chinese beauty (perhaps a goddess) at right.
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection