The Sixth Month: A Sudden Shower on the Way Home from the Fuji Festival (Minazuki Fuji-gaeri yûdachi)
Hinohara, Utagawa Kunisada (Ôta Mus., 2016), pp. 40-41; Chiba Mus., Ukiyo-e bi no kiwami (Baur coll. exh. cat., 2001), #138; Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Utagawa-ha (Kobijutsu special issue, 1986), #77; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #416
Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 72.7 cm (14 x 28 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Triptych: 11.23070 (left), 1.23071 (center), 1.23072 (right)
The straw snake held by the woman in the center panel is a souvenir of the Fuji Festival celebrating the annual opening of Mount Fuji to pilgrims on the first day of the sixth month. Residents of Edo visited mounds representing Fuji in locations such as Asakusa or Komagome.
Gototei Kunisada ga (on left and center sheets; cut off of right sheet)
Censor's seal: kiwame
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection