Yokkaichi: Mirage of the Clam's Palace at Nako-no-umi (Nako-no-umi kaiyagura), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

「東海道五十三対 四日市 那古海蜃楼(なこのうみかひやぐら)」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
Publisher Kojimaya Jûbei (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T78-44; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 7, Musee Guimet II (1990), fig. 40; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.45

Dimensions

vertical ôban; 35.5 x 23.6 cm (14 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22415

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station 44, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.22415, 11.45385.44

Inscription

那古海蜃楼
 此浦より春夏の間蜃楼海上にたつ 諺にいはく 伊勢太神宮尾張の熱田宮へ神幸ありといふ 行幸旌蓋前後にあり また諸侯行列の躰または楼台宮殿のかたち鮮にて時に漁人見ることあり たちまち須臾(しばらく)のあひだに消々となる 按るに潮水の気陽精に乗じてたち昇るなり 陽炎の類ひにやあらんとなり

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga
応需豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: Mura
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:村
彫師:彫工房次郎

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