Vendor of New Year Charms in the Form of Love Letters (Kesôbumi-uri)

懸想文売り

Japanese
Edo period
1836 (Tenpô 7)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Dimensions

15.2 x 20.4 cm (6 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20215

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Poem: Kôbai ya/ onna no ... / kotanzaku

Signed

Dokuryû ... , yowai nanajûnana, Gakyôrôjin Manji

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