The Six Jewel Rivers (Mu Tamagawa)

六玉川

Japanese
Edo period
early 1790s
Artist Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 6, Musee Guimet I (1990), pl. 111 (complete hexaptych); Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 7 (1980), #193 (complete hexaptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 39 x 52.5 cm (15 3/8 x 20 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14946-7

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two sheets of hexaptych): 11.14946 (left), 11.14947 (right)
From an incomplete hexaptych, sheets 4 and 5 from right.
MFA impressions:
First edition, pub. Fushimiya Zenroku, limited colors:
06.721 (sheet 3); *11.14948 (sheet 4, deaccessioned in 2012); 21.6187VR (sheets 4-6; 21.6187, 21.7358, 63.1074); 21.7356 (sheet 2); 21.7357 (sheet 3); 21.7359-61 (sheets 1-3); 23.191 (sheet 2)
Second edition, pub. Tsutaya Jûzaburô, full color:
11.14946-7 (sheets 4-5); 21.6197 (sheet 4); 21.7362-4 (sheets 4-6)

Signed

Unsigned
無款

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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