The Hour of the Dragon (Tatsu no koku), from the series A Yoshiwara Clock (Yoshiwara tokei)

「吉原時計 辰の刻」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniaki II (Japanese, 1835–1888), Publisher Kagiya Shôbei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25 cm (14 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36803

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kuniaki ga, in toshidama cartouche

国明画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Koizumi Kane

改印:酉十二改
彫師:彫工小泉兼

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: 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