The First Month (Mutsuki), from the series The Five Festivals Represented by Eastern Genji (Azuma Genji mitate gosekku)

「吾妻げんじ 見立五節句 睦月」

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Yamadaya Shôjirô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G551-01 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.17339-41

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.17339 (left), 11.17340 (center), 11.17341 (right)

MFA impressions: 00.980-2, 11.17339-41

Signed

Baichôrô Kunisada ga (on right sheet), Kunisada ga (on center sheet), Ichijusai Kunisada ga (on left sheet)

梅蝶楼国貞画 国貞画 一寿斎国貞画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 5
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、卯五
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