Parody of the Story of Ushiwakamaru (Yoshitsune) Learning Swordplay from the Tengu of Kurama

見立鞍馬山

Japanese
Edo period
about 1801–04 (Kyôwa era)
Artist Utagawa Kunimitsu I (Japanese, active about 1801–1830), With Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 3, British Museum III (1987), pl. 1; Ukiyo-e taikei 9 (1976), #s 243-5; Ukiyo-e taisei 10 (1930), #299; Album ... Reproduced from the Collection of Ken-ichi Kawaura (1919), #153

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 74.3 cm (14 5/16 x 29 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.13555, 11.14982, 11.14983

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.13555 (left, by Toyokuni), 11.14982-3 (center and right, by Kunimitsu)

Signed

Kunimitsu ga (on right and center sheets), Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)

Markings

No censor's seal
改印: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