The Earth Spider (Tsuchigumo)

土蜘蛛

Japanese
Edo period
1843 (Tenpô 14)
Artist Utagawa Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1873)


Catalogue Raisonné

Nat. Mus. of J. Hist., Nishiki-e wa ika ni tsukarareta ka (2009), #50; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), p. 199

Dimensions

Vertical chûban triptych; 26.4 × 56.3 cm (10 3/8 × 22 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21416, 11.21418, 11.21419

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21416 (left), 11.21418 (center), 11.21419 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.21416VR (11.21416, 11.21418, 11.21419; complete triptych, showing Earth Spider, with unidentified publisher’s mark), 11.21417 (center sheet only, showing demons, without publisher’s mark or censor’s seal)

Signed

Sadahide ga (right and left sheets), Gyokuransai Sadahide ga (center sheet)
貞秀画 玉蘭斎貞秀画

Markings

Censor's seal: Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark
改印:村松
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