Parody of the Well-curb Episode from Tales of Ise

見立筒井筒

Japanese
Meiji-era reprint from Edo-period blocks?
original: about 1767–68 (Meiwa 4–5)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #309; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #410, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 312

Dimensions

Vertical chuban; 28.5 x 21.4 cm (11 1/4 x 8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19459

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Probably a Meiji reprint from the original blocks.

Signed

Harunobu ga

春信画

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: 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