The Syllable Mu: Katsuta Shunzaemon Minamoto no Taketaka, from the series Biographies of the Faithful Samurai (Seichû gishi meimeiden)

「誠忠義士銘々傳 加津田俊左エ門源武尭 む」

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active about 1836–1887), Publisher Daikokuya Kinnosuke (Kinjirô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.6 × 24.2 cm (14 × 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.39735

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.39735, 11.41284

Signed

Kinchôrô Yoshitora ga
錦朝楼芳虎画

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 5 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: kiri
改印:寅五改
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