Rustic Genji's Poetry Contest: Mitsuuji's Excursion to the Seaside to See Abalone Diving (Inaka Genji shikishi awase, Mitsuuji umibe ni te awabi o torase yûran no zu)
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), intercalary 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Maruya Kyûshirô, Blockcutter Tanaka Hori Ushi (Japanese)
Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G391, pl. 198
Vertical ôban triptych, creped; 21.4 x 46.2 cm (8 7/16 x 18 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, creped
Not On View
From an album of seven miscellaneous creped triptychs plus a printed title page added when the album was constructed, 11.45394.1 to 11.45394.8a-c.
The photograph shows one two-page spread in the album plus one preceding page with the first, rightmost sheet of the triptych.
Kunisada hitsu (on each sheet)
Censor's seal: intercalary 5 aratame [sic; no animal name]
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ushi
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection