Sudden Shower on the Way Home from the Fuji Festival (Fuji kaeri no yûdachi), from the series Contest of Present-day Beauties (Tôsei bijin awase)

「当世美人合 富士帰ノ夕立」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1827 (Bunsei 10)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Seikado, Kunisada (exh. cat., 1996), #90

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25.6 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

34.456

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The straw snake in the inset is a souvenir of the Fuji Festival celebrating the annual opening of Mount Fuji to pilgrims on the first day of the sixth month. Residents of Edo visited mounds representing Fuji in locations such as Asakusa or Komagome.

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

Provenance

1934, bequest of Nellie Parney Carter to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 4, 1934)

Credit Line

Nellie Parney Carter Collection—Bequest of Nellie Parney Carter