The Origins of Sacred Dance at the Heavenly Cave (Iwato kagura no kigen)

「岩戸神楽乃起原」

Japanese
Edo period
1844 (Tenpô 15/Kôka 1)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Takanoya Tomoemon (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Ukiyoeshitachi no shinbutsu (1999), #35; Genshoku Ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 4 (1981), #20

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 75 cm (14 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.22318-20

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.22318 (right), 11.22319 (center), 11.22320 (left)

Signed

Ôju Kunisada aratame Nidai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga (on center and left sheets)
応需 国貞改二代豊国画(年玉印) 国貞改二代豊国画(年玉印)

Markings

Censor's seal: Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
改印:吉村
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: 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