The Immortal Qin Gao, represented by Hinazuru of the Chôjiya, kamuro Tsuruji and Tsuruno (Kinkô, Chôjiya uchi Hinazuru, Tsuruji, Tsuruno), from the series Eight Immortals in the Art of Love (Enchû hassen)

「艶中八仙 琴高 丁子屋内 雛鶴 つるし つるの」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1793–94 (Kansei 5–6)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), p. 105, fig. 5; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #83.2, and pl. 50; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 134.1.2; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 123-4 (this design not illustrated)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25 cm (14 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14262

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.14262, 21.6583

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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