The Salt Dragon (En'ryû zu)

「塩竜図」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)


Catalogue Raisonné

Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 137

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.5 cm (8 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.25472

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Presumably made for a Year of the Dragon, such as 1820 or 1832.

Poem translated in Polster & Marks 1980, p. 133.

Inscription

Poem by Ganjotei Hakuyo

Signed

Hokkei
北渓

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