Water: Ukifune, from the series Comparisons for the Five Elements (Mitate gogyô)

「見たて五行 水 浮船」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1851–52 (Kaei 4–5)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G456-04, pl. 24; Kyoto City Mus., Yomu, miru, asobu Genji monogatari no sekai (2008), #94 (complete triptych); Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #150 (complete triptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 38.2 x 51.3 cm (15 1/16 x 20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16063-4

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two right sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.16063 (right), 11.16064 (left)

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

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