Pocket Mirror Suggesting the Fight with the Giant Carp, from the series Women in Benkei-checked Fabrics (Shimazoroi onna Benkei)

「縞揃女弁慶(しまぞろひおんあべんけい)」 鏡の鯉つかみ

Japanese
Edo period
about 1844 (Tenpô 15/Kôka 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Kyûbei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #115; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #135; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #2995

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.8 cm (14 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.36357

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: *11.28695 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.36357

Inscription

Poem by Ryûkatei Tanekazu
其頃はまた鬼若の小弁けい
明石ちゝみも近き書写寺
柳下亭 種員

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Hama
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜
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