The Land of Brahma (Bondengoku)

梵天国

Japanese
Edo period
about 1706 (Hôei 3)
Artist Torii Kiyomasu I (Japanese, active about 1696–1716), Publisher Nakajimaya Izaemon (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Thompson, in Spaulding Collection meisakusen (2009), pp. 184-205, fig. 66; Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 6; Ukiyo-e taisei 2 (1931), #295

Dimensions

Vertical ôôban; 58.2 x 33 cm (22 15/16 x 13 in.)

Accession Number

21.5424

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (tan-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The play was produced in 1701 and 1706; this print was probably made for the 1706 production. For the program book of the 1701 production, see 2006.1813. The MFA also has a picture scroll in two handscrolls (11.6385 and 11.6389) and a painted book of the Nara ehon type (11.6627) depicting the same story.

Signed

Torii Kiyomasu
鳥居清倍

Markings

Artist's seal: Kiyomasu

Provenance

Formerly in the Sumitomo collection; June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection