Wisdom (Chi), from the series The Five Virtues (Gojô)

五常 「智」

Japanese
Edo period
1767 (Meiwa 4), 9th month
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #92; Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #192; Chiba 2002, #168 (this impression); Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #290.4, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 255

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 27.3 x 20 cm (10 3/4 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.19456

Medium or Technique

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

Out on Loan

On display at Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan, September 6, 2017 – October 23, 2017

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.19456, 21.4973

Inscription

Poem: Michi shi aru/ yo ni umarenaba/ onozukara/ hitotsu wo shiraba/ tô mo shiranan

Signed

Harunobu ga
春信画

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