The Third Month (Yayoi), from the series Ashikaga Silk Hand-dyed in Purple: The Twelve Months (Ashikaga kinu tezome murasaki, Jûnikagetsu no uchi)
1858 (Ansei 5), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kunihisa II (Japanese, 1832–1891), Publisher Yamadaya Shôjirô (Japanese)
Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G340-03, pl. 48
Vertical ôban, creped; 21.1 x 15.3 cm (8 5/16 x 6 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, creped
Not On View
Left sheet of incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 00.997-9, 00.1071VR (00.1071, 00.1072, 17.3215.5), 11.45404 (left sheet only, creped)
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seal: Horse 10
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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