Rats Worshipping Daikoku at the Day and Hour of the Rat (Kinoene no nezumi) and Oxen Sensitive to Spicy Food (Karashi-kiki no ushi), from the series Comical Twelve Signs of the Zodiac (Dôke jûnishi)

「道化十二支 甲子の鼠」 「道化十二支 からしききの牛」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1841 (Tenpô 12)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Edoya Matsugorô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #124 (right half); Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #14

Dimensions

Two vertical chûban designs on uncut horizontal ôban sheet; 35.5 x 23.9 cm (14 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16570

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 (on each design)

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

No censor's seal

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