Tiger (Tora): Watônai, from the series Japanese Heroes for the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac (Eiyû Yamato jûnishi)

「寅 英雄大倭十二士 和藤内」

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Ansei 1), intercalary 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Mitaya Kihachi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S84.3

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.7 cm (14 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.26796

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.26796 (color), 11.38156 (key block)

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger intercalary 7
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、寅壬七
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: 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