The Old Story of the Tongue-cut Sparrow (Mukashi-banashi shita-kiri suzume)

「昔ばなし舌切雀」

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 6th month (?)
Artist Utagawa Yoshimori (Japanese, 1830–1884), Publisher Kogaya Katsugorô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Nat. Mus. of J. Hist., Nishiki-e wa ika ni tsukarareta ka (2009), #54; Kumon Kodomo Kenkyûjo, Ukiyo-e no kodomotachi/ Children Depicted in Ukiyoe (1995), #138; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 9, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels (1989), fig. 125

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.34998.59a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From an album of satirical prints, 11.34998.1-112.

Signed

Yoshimori giga (on right sheet), Yoshimori ga (on center and left sheets)
芳盛戯画 芳盛画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 6 aratame (?)
No blockcutter's mark
改印:子六改ヵ
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: September 29, 2004)

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