Silkworm Cultivation for Genji and Murasaki (Murasaki Genji kaiko yashinai no michi)

「紫源氏蚕養道」

Japanese
Meiji era
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniteru II (Kunitsuna II) (Japanese, 1830–1874), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G438 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 75.8 cm (14 1/2 x 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16224a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kuniteru ga (on each sheet)

画輝画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:丑七改
彫師:彫竹

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