Prayer Suggesting Benkei on the Boat, 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)」 祈りの船弁慶

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), #122; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #2996

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.5 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36359

Medium or Technique

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

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

宝市亭

Signed

Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga
朝櫻楼国芳画

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