The Rise and Fall of the Rabbits (Usagi no jôsui); An Ôtsu-e Song of Rabbits (Usagi no Ôtsu-e)

「兎の盛衰 兎の大津絵」

Japanese
Meiji era
1873 (Meiji 6), December
Artist Utagawa Koyoshimori (Japanese, active late 1860s–early 1870s), Publisher Kiya Sakutarô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 47.4 cm (13 7/8 x 18 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42034a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Koyoshimori ga (on right sheet), Ichibunsai Koyoshimori ga (on left sheet)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:酉十二
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