The Syllable Yo: Yazama Kihei Mitsunobu, from the series Mirror of the True Loyalty of Each of the Faithful Retainers (Seichû gishin meimei kagami)

「誠忠義臣名々鏡 矢間喜平光延 よ」

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Other artist Utagawa Yoshitori-jo (Japanese, 1839–about 1870), Publisher Horikoshi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S90.43

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.5 x 24.5 cm (13 9/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39680

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main design); Yoshitori-jo ga (inset)
一勇斎国芳画 芳鳥女画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 4
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、巳四
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