The Tale of Genji: The Shell of the Locust (Genji Utsusemi), no. 3 from the series Genji in Fifty-Four Sheets (Genji gojûyonmai no uchi)

「げんじ五十四まいのうち 第三番 げんじ空蝉」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1735 (Kyôhô 20)
Artist Nishimura Shigenaga (Japanese, 1697?–1756), Publisher Izumiya Gonshirô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, Images of Eighteenth-Century Japan (1975), #40 (described but not illustrated)

Dimensions

Horizontal hosoban; 16.1 x 33.3 cm (6 5/16 x 13 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.19130

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (beni-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied and stenciled color and metallic powder

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Yamato gakô Nishimura Shigenaga hitsu

大和画工 西村重長筆

Markings

Artist's seal: Shige

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