The Ise Dance with Cherry-blossom Door Panels (Ise ondo sakura fusuma)

「いせおんど 桜襖」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1873)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.4 × 73.5 cm (14 5/16 × 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37428a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Performed at the Bizen-ya in the pleasure quarters of Ise Furuichi, the town adjacent to the Ise Shrine. Despite the title, the decorative cherry blossom design behind the dancers appears to be on hanging curtains (noren) rather than slidfing door panels (fusuma).

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、村田
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: 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