The Five Festivals (Gosekku)

五節句

Japanese
Edo period
about 1803 (Kyôwa 3)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #264; Ukiyo-e shûka 9 (1981), pls. 152-6 (complete pentaptych); Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 29.1.1-5

Dimensions

Vertical ôban pentaptych; 39.2 x 132.1 cm (15 7/16 x 52 in.)

Accession Number

11.14195VR

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Pentaptych, right to left: 11.14332 (New Year), 11.14341 (Third Month), 11.14337 (Fifth Month), 11.14198 (Seventh Month), 11.14195 (Ninth Month)

MFA impressions: 06.1767 (CR only), 11.14195VR (11.14195, 11.14198, 11.14332, 11.14337, 11.14341; complete), 18.291-5 (complete), 34.264 (CR only)

Signed

Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet)
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印: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