Thunder-god Bandits (Kaminari no shiranami), from the series A Collection of Thunder Gods (Kaminari tsukushi)

「雷つくし 雷の白波」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri, Kuniyoshi--Edo Culture (2013), #68 (intact sheet with 2 designs); Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #174

Dimensions

Horizontal chûban; 18.4 x 24.6 cm (7 1/4 x 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21656

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a series published with two horizontal chûban designs on each vertical ôban sheet. This design was the upper half of a sheet, with 11.21657 as the lower half.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga
一勇斎国芳戯画

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