The Yam-eating Bishop Preaches to the Fish (Imokui Sôjô uo seppô)

「芋喰僧正魚説法」

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Konishi, Nishiki-e Bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 1 (1977), pp. 80-1

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.9 × 49.4 cm (14 1/8 × 19 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41219a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Refers to the cholera epidemic.

Signed

Ikkeisai Yoshiiku giga (on each sheet)
一蕙斎芳幾戯画

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 12 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:未十二改
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