The Ancient Custom of Attacking the Concubine (Ôko uwanari-uchi no zu)

「往古うわなり打の図」

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Maruya Seijirô (Marusei, Jukakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #130; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 248, ôban triptych #027; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #530 (reprint edition)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.6 x 76.5 cm (14 13/16 x 30 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.17164-6

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.17164 (center), 11.17165 (left), 11.17166 (right)

MFA impressions:
First edition: 11.17164-6, 11.21404-6
Reprint edition, slightly altered: 11.22606a-c, 11.39581a-c

Inscription

「うハなり打ちの事ハ古き書に多くミへて六七百年のむかしよ有しよし其頃ハ貴人にもにたる事有しとかや○かって道具ハ今のさまに画きしハ童蒙にわからしめんためなり(さ)つし給へかし」

Signed

Hiroshige hitsu (on left and right sheets)
広重筆

Markings

Censor's seal (on left sheet): Watari
Censors' seals (on right and center sheets): Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 8
No blockcutter's mark
改印(左):渡
改印(右、中):衣笠、村田、子八
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: 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