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  • Lovers (mithuna)

    Indian
    13th century

    Object Place: Orissa, India (Eastern)

    Description

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 16, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Keith McLeod Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    15.9 x 7.6 cm (6 1/4 x 3 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.622

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory

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    Asia

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    Sculpture

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  • High-handled drinking cup (kantharos) with erotic scenes

    Greek
    Archaic Period
    about 520–510 B.C.
    Potter Nikosthenes, the Nikosthenes Painter

    Place of Manufacture: Athens, Attica, Greece

    Description

    Side A and B: Erotic scenes. An orgy is in progress: the figures danced around and grab at each other. The youth at far right (on the other side) wields a sandal with sadistic intent. On the floor are shoes and a basin; on the wall a birdcage, a flute-case, and a dildo. The inscriptions in the fields are meaningless.

    Around the edge of the base the inscription “Nikosthenes made [it]” (NIKOSTHENES EPOIE[S]EN). Signed by Nikosthenes as potter and thus attributed to the “Nikosthenes Painter”.

    Condition: Slightly restored

    Inscription

    "Nikosthenes made [it]" (NIKOSTHENES EPOIE[S]EN) ΝΙΚΟΣΘΕΝΕΣΕΠΟΙΕ[Σ]ΕΝ The inscriptions in the fields are meaningless.

    Signed

    By the potter: "Nikosthenes made [it]" (NIKOSTHENES EPOIE[S]EN)

    Provenance

    Dates unknown: said to be from Vulci; Durand Collection (catalogue, no. 662); Beugnot Collection (no. 12); Pourtalès Collection (no. 392); Eugène Piot Collection (no. 213); by 1892: A. van Branteghem Collection (Hotel Drouot auction of Van Branteghem collection, Paris, May 30-31 and June 1, lot 26); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

    Credit Line

    Catharine Page Perkins Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x diameter: 16.2 x 20.3 cm (6 3/8 x 8 in.) Other (With handles): 24 x 28 cm (9 7/16 x 11 in.)

    Accession Number

    95.61

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic, Red Figure

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    The Ancient World

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    Vessels

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  • Erotic figures

    Egyptian
    Greco-Roman Period
    332 B.C.–A.D. 337

    Description

    Faience ithyphallic male and female in an erotic pose. The male is missing the head. The faience is blue glazed. They are standing on a base. The surface of the base is chipped in the corner.

    Provenance

    Egypt

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    height x width x length (height including base): 3.1 x 1.7 x 7.7 cm (1 1/4 x 11/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    66.323

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

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    The Ancient World

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    Sculpture

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  • Scenes of Dalliance in Interior Settings

    Japanese
    Edo period
    late Kan'ei (1624–44) to Kanbun (1661–73) eras
    Kano School (Japanese Japanese), Formerly attributed to Shoi (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 32.5 x 530.8cm (12 13/16 x 209in.) Image: 32.5 x 457.3 cm (12 13/16 x 180 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.230

    Medium or Technique

    Handscroll; ink, color, gold, and silver on paper - ivory roller ends

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    Asia

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  • Kôken tei no monko Yuge no Dôkyô kensei no zu

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1865 (Keiô 1)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1842–1894), After Toba Sôjô (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Genzu Toba Sôjô ga; Ryûsai sha (original artist Toba Sôjô, copied by Ryûsai) 原図鳥羽僧正画、立斎写

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 42 x 873.2 cm (16 9/16 x 343 3/4 in.); length includes width of roller

    Accession Number

    RES.09.231

    Medium or Technique

    Handscroll; ink and color on paper

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    Asia

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  • Erotic Contest of Flowers

    Scenes of Lovemaking

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Hôei era (1704–11)
    Torii Kiyonobu I (Japanese, 1664–1729)

    Description

    Signed

    Eshi Torii Kiyonobu zu

    Markings

    seal: Kiyonobu

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    104; Drama and Desire (2007), cat. no. 6; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #22

    Dimensions

    Overall: 39 x 536.9 cm (15 3/8 x 211 3/8 in.) Image: 34.8 x 507.8 cm (13 11/16 x 199 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.234

    Medium or Technique

    Handscroll; ink, color, gold, and silver on paper

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    Asia

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  • Pictures to Quench the Fire and Avoid Bewitchment

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about late An'ei (1772–81) to Tenmei (1781–89) eras

    Description

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 38.7 x 618 cm (15 1/4 x 243 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.235

    Medium or Technique

    Section of a handscroll; ink, color, gold and silver on paper

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    Asia

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  • Incantations to the Female-Male Principle

    Japanese
    Edo period
    An'ei era (1772–81)
    Tsukioka Settei (Japanese, 1710–1786)

    Description

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 27.8 x 412 cm (10 15/16 x 162 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.242

    Medium or Technique

    Handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

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  • The Promise of Spring

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about late Genroku era (1688–1704)
    School of Hishikawa Moronobu (Japanese, died 1694)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Signed

    Signed

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA/

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 32.5 x 132.5cm (12 13/16 x 52 3/16in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.254

    Medium or Technique

    Section from a handscroll; ink, color, gold, and silver on silk

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    Asia

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  • Brocades of the Capital

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kyôhô (1716–36) to Genbun (1736–41) eras
    Nishikawa Sukenobu (Japanese, 1671–1750)

    Description

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 39.1 x 190.2 cm (15 3/8 x 74 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.255

    Medium or Technique

    Unmounted handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on paper

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    Asia

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  • One Man Making Love to Ten Women

    Japanese
    Edo period
    About Kyôwa (1801–04) to early Bunka (1804–18) eras
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 42.3 x 59.9 cm (16 5/8 x 23 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.275

    Medium or Technique

    A section from a handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

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    Asia

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  • Erotic Paintings

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Nishikawa Sukenobu (Japanese, 1671–1750)

    Description

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Accession Number

    RES.09.300

    Medium or Technique

    Album; ink and color on paper

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    Asia

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  • Five Couplings, Five Seductions

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Meiwa era (1764–72)
    Attributed to Tsukioka Settei (Japanese, 1710–1786)

    Description

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Accession Number

    RES.09.301

    Medium or Technique

    Album; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

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    Asia

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  • Ukiyonosuke Meets Ofuji and Osen, No. 1 from the series The Amorous Adventures of Mane'emon (Fûryû enshoku Mane'emon)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1765–70 (Meiwa 2–7)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.19516, RES.09.318.1

    One of twenty woodblock prints mounted as a handscroll, from Mane’emon and other series.

    Signed

    Unsigned 無款

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #432; Klompmakers, Japanese Erotic Prints (2001), #B.1; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), p. 225 (no photo)

    Dimensions

    Horizontal chûban

    Accession Number

    RES.09.318.1

    Medium or Technique

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

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Sexy Robes of the Bedchamber

    Neya no irogoromo

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Shôtoku era (1711–16)
    Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)

    Description

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    32.0 x 470.2 cm (12 5/8 x 185 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.241

    Medium or Technique

    Handscroll; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • No. 20 from the series The Amorous Adventures of Mane'emon (Fûryû enshoku Mane'emon)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1769–70 (Meiwa 6–7)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    A revamped erotic print with the genitalia removed.

    MFA impressions: 21.4511 (altered), RES.09.318.18 (unaltered)

    Signed

    Unsigned

    Provenance

    Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Waterhouse cat. #447; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 509

    Dimensions

    Horizontal chûban; 20.6 x 28 cm (8 1/8 x 11 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4511

    Medium or Technique

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

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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  • Lovers

    1908
    Abraham Walkowitz (American (born in Russia), 1878–1965)

    Description

    Provenance

    Louis Schapiro; by whom given to MFA October 10, 1940.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Louis Schapiro

    Copyright

    Courtesy Zabriskie Gallery, New York

    Details

    Accession Number

    40.681

    Medium or Technique

    Monotype, printed in brown

    Not On View

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    Americas, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • The Lovers

    German
    20th century
    1913
    Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867–1945)

    Object Place: Germany

    Description

    Plaster model. Seated figure holds youth in lap.

    Signed

    On rough block signed at back Kollwitz

    Provenance

    1954, Galerie Gerd Rosen, Berlin; by 1958, sold by Rosen to Hyman Swetzoff, Swetzoff Gallery, Boston [see note 1]. 1958, gift of Hyman Swetzoff to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1958) NOTES: [1] Letter from Gerd Rosen to Hans Kollwitz (son of Kathe Kollwitz), Nov. 15, 1954, and letter of Hans Kollwitz to MFA.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hyman W. Swetzoff in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Swetzoff

    Copyright

    © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

    Details

    Dimensions

    74.29 x 45.72 x 48.26 cm (29 1/4 x 18 x 19 in.)

    Accession Number

    58.390

    Medium or Technique

    Plaster

    On View

    Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)

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    Europe

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    Sculpture

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  • Two Nudes (Lovers)

    1913
    Oskar Kokoschka (Austrian, 1886–1980)

    Description

    Painted in Vienna in the years just prior to World War I, Two Nudes is a self-portrait of Kokoschka with Alma Mahler, a symbolic testimonial to the artist’s tumultuous affair with the widow of the great composer Gustav Mahler. Kokoschka’s haunted expression and the ambiguous poses of the two lovers—who seem both to embrace and to move past each other—reflect a complex and tormented relationship. Kokoschka’s bold brushwork and Expressionist style were influenced not only by van Gogh but by the sixteenth-century Spanish painter El Greco, whose work Kokoschka greatly admired.

    Inscription

    Lower center: OK

    Provenance

    About 1914/1915, sold by the artist to Oskar Reichel (b. 1869 - d. 1943), Vienna [see note 1]; February, 1939, transferred by Reichel to Otto Kallir (b. 1894 - d. 1978), Galerie St. Etienne, Paris and New York [see note 2]; 1945, sold by Galerie St. Etienne, New York, to the Nierendorf Gallery, New York; 1945, sold by Nierendorf to Silberman Galleries, New York; 1947/1948, probably sold by Silberman to Sarah Reed (Mrs. John) Blodgett, later Sarah Reed Platt (d. by 1972), Grand Rapids, Portland, Oregon and Santa Barbara; 1973, bequest of Sarah Reed Platt to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 11, 1973) NOTES: [1] Dr. Oskar Reichel, an admirer and collector of Kokoschka's work, also knew him personally and almost certainly acquired this painting directly from him. Tobias G. Natter, Die Welt von Klimt, Schiele und Kokoschka: Sammler und Mäzene (Cologne, 2003), 254, suggests it was acquired around 1914/1915. The painting was first published as being in Dr. Reichel's collection by Paul Westheim in Das Kunstblatt 1 (1917), p. 319. [2] On February 1, 1939, Reichel transferred the painting--along with four other Kokoschka paintings--to the dealer Otto Kallir, who at that time ran the Galerie St. Etienne in Paris. Kallir exhibited it in Paris that spring and brought it to the United States later that year. After his arrival in the United States, he paid Reichel's two sons, who had already immigrated to North and South America, for the paintings. Kallir opened a branch of his Galerie St. Etienne in New York and exhibited this work often between 1940 and 1945. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, please see http://www.mfa.org/collections/provenance

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Sarah Reed Platt

    Copyright

    © 2015 Fondation Oskar Kokoschka / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich

    Details

    Dimensions

    163.2 x 97.5 cm (64 1/4 x 38 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.196

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)

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    Europe

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  • Collection of Suggestive Pictures

    Japanese
    Edo period
    About late Tenmei (1781–89) to early Kansei (1789–1801) eras
    Katsukawa Shunchô (Japanese, active about 1780–1801)

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased from an unknown Japanese collection by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston; 1909, gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1909)

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    105; Drama and Desire (2007), cat. no. 38

    Dimensions

    Image: 26.9 x 442.4 cm (10 9/16 x 174 3/16 in.) Overall: 28.8 x 518.9 cm (11 5/16 x 204 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.239

    Medium or Technique

    Handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

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  • The Asazuma-bune in Cloud and Rain

    Un'u asazuma-bune

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Bunsei (1818–30) to Tenpô (1830–44) eras
    Teisai Hokuba (Japanese, 1771–1844)

    Description

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 27.5 x 519.5 cm (10 13/16 x 204 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.243

    Medium or Technique

    Handscroll; ink, color, and gold on silk

    Not On View

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  • Comparison of Passionate Women

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about Bunka (1804–18) to Bunsei (1818–30) eras
    Attributed to Chôbunsai Eishi (Japanese, 1756–1829)

    Description

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 28.8 x 291.4 cm (11 5/16 x 114 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.249

    Medium or Technique

    Handscroll; ink and color on paper

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  • The Scroll of the Sleeve (Sode no maki)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Attributed to Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Formerly attributed to Katsukawa Shunchô (Japanese, active about 1780–1801)

    Description

    Set of twelve woodblock prints plus a printed preface, mounted as a handscroll.

    Signed

    Unsigned 無款

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal hashira-e; each sheet: 12.6 x 67.8 cm (4 15/16 x 26 11/16 in.); complete scroll: 12.6 x 902.3 cm (4 15/16 x 355 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.319

    Medium or Technique

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

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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  • Young Lovers with a Clock

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1767–68 (Meiwa 4–5)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    Signed

    Suzuki Harunobu ga (on screen) 鈴木春信画

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #233; Asia Soc./JASA, Designed for Pleasure (2008), p. 198, #15; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #?, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 49; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 2, British Museum II (1988), pl. 34

    Dimensions

    Horizontal chûban; 20.9 x 28.8 cm (8 1/4 x 11 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.19714

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Two Figures

    about 1914
    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (French (active in Britain), 1891–1915)

    Description

    Inscription

    Verso: head of woman, charcoal.

    Provenance

    Kettle's Yard; acquired through H.S. Ede March 1966

    Credit Line

    Gift of The Kettle's Yard Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 21.27 x 13.97 cm (8 3/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    66.211

    Medium or Technique

    Black wash

    Not On View

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    Europe, Prints and Drawings

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    Drawings

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  • The Elephant's Leash

    Kisa no tsuna

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Bunka era (1804–18)
    Artist Chôbunsai Eishi (Japanese, 1756–1829)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed: Makimono.

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    103; Drama and Desire (2007), cat. no. 47

    Dimensions

    Overall: 34 x 566.3 cm (13 3/8 x 222 15/16 in.) Image: 30.6 x 536 cm (12 1/16 x 211 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.232

    Medium or Technique

    Handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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  • Foolish Games

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about early Kansei era (1789–1801)
    Attributed to Katsukawa Shun'ei (Japanese, 1762–1819)

    Description

    Provenance

    1909 Purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow from an unknown Japanese collection and given to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    27.8 x 230.3 cm (10 15/16 x 90 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.09.273

    Medium or Technique

    Section from a handscroll; ink, color, gold, and mica on silk

    Not On View

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  • Satyr

    Greek
    Hellenistic Period
    200–50 B.C.

    Description

    He is kneeling and ithyphallic, right hand shading the eyes and the left on his ankle. Recalls terracotta grotesques from Smyrna.
    Greenish black patina, with metallic and earthy encrustation.

    Provenance

    By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Smyrna, 1898); 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edward Perry Warren

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 133; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

    Dimensions

    4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.08.32b

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

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    The Ancient World

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    Sculpture

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  • Grotesque figure with phallus emerging from head

    Roman
    Early Imperial Period
    1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.

    Description

    A stooped grotesque figuredwarf, with his arms clutching at the chlamys at his chest. His features are exaggerated, especially his nose, and he has warts. He wears large earrings and a second phallos on his head. He was probably intended to be suspended with a chain as a good luck symbol, to ward off evil.

    Square (casting) hole (patch gone) in back; smaller one on left buttock. Black patina, with pitting.

    Provenance

    By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; said to have been bought in Paris in 1901; 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edward Perry Warren

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 143; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).

    Dimensions

    15.1 cm (5 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.08.32d

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

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    The Ancient World

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  • Crossed Phalloi

    Roman
    Greco-Roman Period

    Description

    Crossed phalloi, one large, one small; attached to larger, vine leaf. Fine smooth patina.

    Provenance

    By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edward Perry Warren

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 154.

    Dimensions

    4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.08.32L

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

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  • Shaka hassô yamato bunko

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1859 (Ansei 6)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Dimensions

    22.7 x 15.5 cm (hanshibon)

    Accession Number

    2007.61.1-4

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock printed book; ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper

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  • Shaka hassô zoku yamato bunko

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1860 (Mannen 1)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Dimensions

    22.7 x 15.3 cm (hanshibon)

    Accession Number

    2007.62.1-4

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock printed book; ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper

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  • Enshi gojû yojô

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1835 (Tenpô 6)
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Dimensions

    25.7 x 18.1 cm

    Accession Number

    2007.63.1-3

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock printed book; ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper

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  • (Kacho yojô) Azuma Genji

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1837 (Tenpô 8)
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Dimensions

    26.0 x 18.8 cm

    Accession Number

    2007.64.1-3

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock printed book; ink, colors, and metallic pigments on paper

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  • Momongawa (Enpon koi no gakuya)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1827 (Bunsei 10)
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Dimensions

    22.3 x 15.4 cm (hanshibon)

    Accession Number

    2007.71.1-3

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Illustrated Books

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