Turtles, with inset of Urashima Tarô

亀と浦島太郎

Japanese
Edo period
about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)


Catalogue Raisonné

Forrer, Surimono (2013), #331; McKee, Colored in the Year's New Light (Becker coll. exh. ca., 2008), #146; Heiteres treiben... (Köln, 1990), #2-57; Rijksmuseum cat. III, Hokusai and His School (1982), #182

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.3 x 18.4 cm (8 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.25474

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poem translated in McKee 2008, p. 278.

Inscription

Poem by Shikyô: Namima yori/ kasumu Urashima/ Tarô tsuki/ Ryûgû made mo/ haru ya tachiran

Signed

Go Hokkei
呉北渓

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