Shirasuka: The Legend of Onnaya (Onnaya no den), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

「東海道五十三対 白須賀 女谷之伝(おんあやのでん)」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T78-33; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.34; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 251, ôban #43.12

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45385.33

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station 33, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.30315, 11.45385.33

Inscription

女谷之傳
 女谷は白須賀の東橋本にあり 昔の宿駅にして建久元年頼朝公上洛し給ふ旅館の旧跡なり 此時橋本の長より遊女郡参す 故にその名あり その頃右大将に寵を得し女ありしが頼朝薨(こう)じ給ふ後 貞操にして尼となり妙相(みょうしょう)と号し一寺を建立して永く行ひすましける 今橋本の教恩寺これなり

Signed

Hiroshige ga
広重画

Markings

Censor's seal: Mura
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:村
彫師:彫工房次郎

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