Popular Plays Acted by Cats (Ryûkô neko no kyôgen zukushi)

「流行猫の狂言づくし」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1839–42 (Tenpô 10–13)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kawaguchiya Uhei (Fukusendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #30; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #111; Suzuki et al., Utagawa Kuniyoshi ten (1996), #256; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #11

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 23.9 cm (14 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36739

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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