The Tongue-cut Sparrow (Shita-kiri suzume), from the series Assorted Storybook Prints (Akahon tsukushi)

「赤本つくし 舌切雀」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1804–18 (Bunka era)
Artist Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 8, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (1990), pl. 175; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 409; another print in the series: Mizuta Museum, Surimono (2004), cat. no. 145

Dimensions

14.3 x 21 cm (5 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.20079

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.20079, 21.6191

Signed

Shunman sei

俊満製

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