The Pride of the Pleasure Quarters (Kuruwa no ikiji)

「くるわのいきぢ」

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), intercalary 4th month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1842–1894), Publisher Maruya Heijirô


Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 120

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 50.5 cm (14 1/8 x 19 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.26804-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.26804 (left), 11.26805 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.26804-5, 11.34998.7a-b

Signed

Hiroshige giga (?)
広重戯画

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon intercalary aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:辰閏改
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