The Seven Emotions (Shichijô zu)

「(七)情図」

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshifusa (Japanese, active about 1837–1860), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 52.2 cm (13 7/8 x 20 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37373a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

According to the Confucian Book of Rites, the seven emotions are joy, anger, sorrow, fear, love, hate, and desire; in Buddhism, they are joy, anger, sorrow, pleasure, love, hate, and desire.

Signed

Ippôsai Yoshifusa ga

一宝斎芳房画

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Koizumi Hori Kane

改印:未六改
彫師:小泉彫兼

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