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)

「田舎源氏色紙合 光源氏海辺にて鮑をとらせ遊らん之図」

Japanese
Edo period
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)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G391, pl. 198

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych, creped; 21.4 x 46.2 cm (8 7/16 x 18 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45394.7a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

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.

Signed

Kunisada hitsu (on each sheet)

国貞筆

Markings

Censor's seal: intercalary 5 aratame [sic; no animal name]
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ushi

改印:閏五改
彫師:ほり牛

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