The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (Minamoto Yorimitsu [Raikô] kô no yakata ni tsuchigumo yôkai o nasu zu)


Edo period
1843 (Tenpô 14)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri 2011, #53; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #124; Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), pp. 120-1, fig. 22; Suzuki 1992, #441; Takeuchi, in Ars Orientalis 17 (1987); Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T128


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 73.1 cm (14 1/8 x 28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.22128 (left sheet only), 11.22712 (right sheet only), 11.30462-4, 11.39572a-c


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on right and left sheets) 一勇斎国芳画


No censor's seal No blockcutter's mark 改印:なし 彫師:なし


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