Wanting to Decide Right Away (Hayaku kimetai)/ Octopus from Takasago in Harima Province (Banshû Takasago tako), from the series Auspicious Desires on Land and Sea (Sankai medetai zue)

「山めでたいづえ はやくきめたい 播州高砂蛸 十九」

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Other artist Utagawa Yoshitori-jo (Japanese, 1839–about 1870), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 005-0920; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #85; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #152; the series: Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), list #117

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.6 x 24.9 cm (13 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28677

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 19 in the series.

MFA impressions: 11.26005, 11.28677, *11.28679 (deaccessioned in 2012)

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main design); Tori-jo ga (inset)
一勇斎国芳画 とり女画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 8
No blockcutter's mark
改印:衣笠、村田、子八
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