The Doll Festival, from the series Contest of Allure: Debuts at the Five Festivals (Iro kurabe Gosetsu kaomise)

「色競五節顔見世」 雛祭り

Japanese
Edo period
1808 (Bunka 5), 4th month
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro II (Japanese, ?–1831?), Publisher Sumimaruya Jinsuke (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.1 x 23.3 cm (13 13/16 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14311

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, Dragon 4
改印:極

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