Popular Dolls (Ryûkô ningyô)

「流行人形」

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisato (Japanese, died in 1858), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ono, Misemono fûzoku zushi (1977), p. 152

Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 24.3 x 35.5 cm (9 9/16 x 14 in.)

Accession Number

11.36819

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunisato ga

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane
改印:改、辰二
彫師:彫兼

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