Sixth Month: (Actor Nakamura Tsuruzô I as) a Straw Snake for the Fuji Festival (Fuji no ja); Seventh Month: (Ôtani Tomoemon IV as) a Demon-faced Roof Tile at the Tanabata Festival (Onigawara Tanabata); Eighth Month: (Ichikawa Kuzô II as) Gibbon with Refle

「見振(みぶり)十二思ひ月」 「六月 冨士の蛇」初代中村鶴蔵、「七月 鬼がわら七夕」四代目大谷友右衛門、「八月 猿候の月」二代目市川九蔵、「九月 菊蝶」二代目尾上菊次郎

Japanese
Edo period
about 1847–48 (Kôka 4–Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #104; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #99

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 25.1 cm (14 7/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36752

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Four sheets from a set of five: 11.36750 to 11.36753.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga
一勇斎国芳戯画

Markings

Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
改印:村松、吉村
彫師:なし

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