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Kuniyoshi: Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters

  • Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R. Miller Collection – on view at Japan Society, New York, March 12 – June 13, 2010.

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  • Wu Yong, the Clever Star (Chitasei Goyô), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1827–30 (Bunsei 10–Tenpô 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.2243, 64.844

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #3; Machida City Mus., Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten (2003), #I-154; Klompmakers, Of Brigands and Bravery (1998), #9; Suzuki 1992, #81; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S2.11

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.844

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Zhang Shun, the White Streak in the Waves (Rôrihakuchô Chôjun), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1827–30 (Bunsei 10–Tenpô 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.16450, 64.834

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #105; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #7; Klompmakers, Of Brigands and Bravery (1998), #56; Suzuki 1992, #82; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S2.49

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.834

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Ruan Xiaowu, the Short-lived Second Son (Tanmeijirô Genshôgo), from the series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1827–30 (Bunsei 10–Tenpô 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #9; Klompmakers, Of Brigands and Bravery (1998), #52; Suzuki 1992, #85; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S2.70

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.800

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Kashiwade no Hanoshi, from the series Eight Hundred Heroes of the Japanese Shuihuzhuan (Honchô Suikoden gôyû happyakunin no hitori)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #12; Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten/The Samurai World in Ukiyo-e (2003), #II-72; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S4a.8

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.813

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Hayakawa Ayunosuke, from the series Eight Hundred Heroes of the Japanese Shuihuzhuan (Honchô Suikoden gôyû happyakunin no hitori)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.16460 (Ibaya edition), 64.848 (Kagaya edition)

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #14; Machida City Mus., Ukiyo-e dai musha-e ten (2003), #I-162; Klompmaker, Of Brigands and Bravery (1998), fig. 28; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S4a.2

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.848

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Sakata Kaidômaru

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1162, 11.16464, 11.38109

    Reprint of a design originally published in about 1836-7 by Kagaya Kichibei. For the first edition, see Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #18.

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Wata (backwards)

    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: January 19, 2005) 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

    Chiba City Mus., Ukiyo-e ni egakareta kodomotachi (2014), #257; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #23; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #19; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S1d.1, photo p. 100

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 26 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.38109

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Fight on the Roof of the Hôryûkaku, from The Tale of Eight Dogs (Hakkenden no uchi Hôryûkaku)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1836–37 (Tenpô 7–8)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)

    Object Place

    Description

    Triptych: 17.3209.63 (right), 17.3209.64 (center), 17.3209.65 (left)

    MFA impressions: 11.39555a-c, 17.3209.63-5

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on center and left sheets only) 一勇斎国芳画

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Iwakiri 2011, #50; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #20; Chiba Museum, Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #94-95; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #128; Suzuki 1992, #99; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T41, pl. 43

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 76.3 cm (14 1/2 x 30 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.3209.63-5

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • In the Ruined Palace at Sôma, Masakado's Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gather Allies (Sôma no furudairi ni Masakado himegimi Takiyasha yôjutsu o motte mikata o atsumuru)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1844 (Kôka 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Hachi (Japanese)

    Object Place

    Description

    Triptych: 11.30468 (left), 11.30469 (center), 11.30470 (right)

    The title continues: Ôtaku Tarô Mitsukuni Comes Here to Investigate the Monsters and Finally Destroys Them (Ôtaku Tarô Mitsukuni yôkai o tamesan to koko ni kitari tsui ni kore o horobosu)
    Unidentified publisher’s mark “Hachi” on right sheet.

    Signed

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

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Watanabe No blockcutter's mark

    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

    Clark 2009, #25; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #53; Suzuki 1992, #70; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T138, and pl. 52; Addiss, Japanese Ghosts and Demons (1985, 2005), pp. 36-37; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 43

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.2 x 74.1 cm (14 1/4 x 29 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30468-70

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Former Emperor [Sutoku] from Sanuki Sends His Retainers to Rescue Tametomo (Sanuki no in kenzoku o shite Tametomo o sukuu zu)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1851–52 (Kaei 4–5)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagorô (Japanese)

    Object Place

    Description

    Triptych: 11.26999 (left), 11.27000 (center), 11.27001 (right)

    MFA impressions: 06.762-4, 11.26999-7001

    Signed

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

    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

    Clark 2009, #29; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #131; Shibuya Shôtô Mus., Musha-e (2003), #135; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #89; Suzuki 1992, #69; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T263, and fig. 16; Robinson (1961), pl. 58

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 76 cm (14 3/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.26999-7001

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • At the Bottom of the Sea in Daimotsu Bay (Daimotsu no ura kaitei no zu)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1851–52 (Kaei 4–5)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese)

    Object Place

    Description

    Triptych: 11.30560 (left), 11.30561 (center), 11.30562 (right)

    Signed

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

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #30; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #86; Dai yôkai ten (2000), #77; Suzuki 1992, #74; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), #T266

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 74.3 cm (14 5/16 x 29 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30560-2

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Ghosts of the Taira Attack Yoshitsune in Daimotsu Bay

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1849–52 (Kaei 2–5)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.30566a-c, 1992.568a-c

    Signed

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

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu

    Provenance

    1992, bequest of John Newland Barron (1917-92, Rhode Island) to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession Date: December 16, 1992)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John Newland Barron

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #31; Asahikawa Museum, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ichimon no zenbôten (2000), #1-2-33; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #86; Suzuki 1992, #71; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T242

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 70.8 cm (14 x 27 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1992.568a-c

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Brilliant General (Meishô), Takeda Harunobu Nyûdô Shingen, from the series One Hundred Brave Generals at the Battle of Kawanakajima [in Shinano Province] ([Shinshû] Kawanakajima hyaku yûshô sen no uchi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1845 (Kôka 2)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Shimizuya Naojirô (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.38067, 11.38159

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Fukatsu

    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: January 19, 2005) 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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #35; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #37; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S34.1

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.5 cm (13 15/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.38067

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Morozumi Bungo no kami Masakiyo, from the series Courageous Generals of Kai and Echigo Provinces: The Twenty-four Generals of the Takeda Clan (Kôetsu yûshô den, Takeda ke nijûyon shô)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1848–49 (Kaei 1–2)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagorô (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 23 in the series.

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Mera, Murata No blockcutter's mark

    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: January 19, 2005) 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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #38; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S63.9

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38 x 25.8 cm (14 15/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.38040

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Ôboshi Yuranosuke Yoshio, from the series Portraits of the Faithful Samurai of True Loyalty (Seichû gishi shôzô)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)

    Description

    Signed

    Kuniyoshi ga 国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Murata, Kinugasa, Rat 12 改印: 村田、衣笠、子十二

    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

    Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #136; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #46; Suzuki 1992, #162; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S78.1; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 69

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Accession Number

    11.26074

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Nakamura Kansuke Masatatsu, from the series Portraits of the Faithful Samurai of True Loyalty (Seichû gishi shôzô)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)

    Description

    Signed

    Kuniyoshi ga 国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Murata, Kinugasa, Rat 12 Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印: 村田、衣笠、子十二

    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

    Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #138; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #47; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #98; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S78.6

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Accession Number

    11.26072

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Lantern Representing the Bell of Miidera, from the series Women in Benkei-checked Fabrics (Shimazoroi onna Benkei)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1844 (Tenpô 15/Kôka 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Kyûbei (Japanese)

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem by Umeya 梅屋 うつしえは外にたくひもあら法師 団扇に三井の鐘のかゞみ座

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Hama No blockcutter's mark

    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: January 19, 2005) 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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #60; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #133; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 3 (1963), #2993

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.7 cm (14 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.36355

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Writing a Label for Chrysanthemums, from the series Women in Benkei-checked Fabrics (Shimazoroi onna Benkei)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1844 (Tenpô 15/Kôka 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Kyûbei (Japanese), Blockcutter Sugawa Renkichi (Japanese)

    Description

    Inscription

    柳下亭 種員 鉢植の花はをらねと制札の 掟ににたるゆひのふか爪

    Signed

    Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga 朝櫻楼国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Hama Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kanekichi

    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: January 19, 2005) 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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #61

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 24.7 cm (13 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.36354

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Kane-jo, from the series Lives of Remarkable People Renowned for Loyalty and Virtue (Chûkô meiyo kijin den)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1845 (Kôka 2)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Iseya Ichibei (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga 朝櫻楼国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Kinugasa 改印: 衣笠

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #62; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S35.5

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.5 cm (14 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.26084

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Teppôzu, from the series Famous Places in the Eastern Capital (Tôto meisho)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1833 (Tenpô 4)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.16005, 21.6828

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    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

    Iwakiri 2011, #265; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #84; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #125; Suzuki 1992, #18; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #264

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 26 x 37.6 cm (10 1/4 x 14 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.16005

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Six Stations: Maisaka, Arai, Shirasuka, Futakawa, Yoshida, and Goyu, from the series Famous Views of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan eki rokushuku meisho)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830–35 (Tenpô 1–6)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Sheet 8 of 12.

    MFA impressions: 11.22956, 11.30209, 11.30212, 1989.675

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi shukuzu (sketched by Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi; in right margin, cut off of this impression) (一勇斎国芳縮図)

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame (in right margin, cut off of this impression) (改印: 極)

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #86; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #213

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 24.5 x 35.6 cm (9 5/8 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30209

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Nichiren in the Snow at Tsukahara on Sado Island (Sashû Tsukahara setchû), from the series Sketches of the Life of the Great Priest (Kôsô goichidai ryakuzu)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830–35 (Tenpô 1–6)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.1946, 21.8174, 21.8175

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi hitsu 一勇斎国芳筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    July 1914, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; 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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #87; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Ukiyoeshitachi no shinbutsu (1999), #23; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #208; Suzuki 1992, #183

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 24.5 x 38.3 cm (9 5/8 x 15 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8174

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Mount Fuji on a Clear Day from the Sea off Tsukuda (Tsukuda oki kaisei no Fuji), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji Seen from the Eastern Capital (Tôto Fujimi sanjûrokkei)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1843 (Tenpô 14)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Murataya Jirobei (Eiyûdô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #90; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #127; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #222; Suzuki 1992, #29; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 57; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 41

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 24 x 35.6 cm (9 7/16 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.24949

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Ariwara no Narihira no ason, from the series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu no uchi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ehiko (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 17 in the series.

    Signed

    Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga 朝櫻楼国芳画

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #92; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S19.17

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.7 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.17395

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Ôe no Chisato, from the series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu no uchi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ehiko (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 23 in the series.

    MFA impressions: 06.1777, 11.16029, 11.36559

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #93; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S19.23

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.9 cm (14 3/4 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.16029

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Ônakatomi no Yoshinobu Ason, from the series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu no uchi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ehiko (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 49 in the series.

    MFA impressions: 06.1778, 11.16020, 11.28646, 11.36555

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #94; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S19.49

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.9 x 25 cm (14 15/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.28646

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Sutoku-in, from the series of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu no uchi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ehiko (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 77 in the series.

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #95; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #29; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S19.77; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 29

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.7 x 25.1 cm (14 13/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30455

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Jakuren Hôshi, from the series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu no uchi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ehiko (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 87 in the series.

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #96; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #30; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S19.87

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38.5 x 26.7 cm (15 3/16 x 10 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.16039

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Min Ziqian (Bin Shiken), from the series The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety in China (Morokoshi nijûshi kô)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    No. 2 in the series.

    MFA impressions: 06.1144, 11.30097

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Artist's seal: kiri

    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

    Iwakiri 2011, #119; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #103.4; Suzuki 1992, #200; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S60.5; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 39

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 24.2 x 16.5 cm (9 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30097

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Zeng Shen (So Shin), from the series The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety in China (Morokoshi nijûshi kô)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    No. 3 in the series.

    Signed

    Unsigned

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #103.5; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S60.6

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 24 x 16.5 cm (9 7/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30100

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1830s
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #105 (poems different); Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #140 (poems different)

    Dimensions

    Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.19917

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

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  • Actor Ichikawa Ebizô V as Kezori Kuemon

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1840 (Tenpô 11), 8th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Fujiokaya Hikotarô (Shôgendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Play: Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi
    Theater: Nakamura

    Inscription

    Poem by Umeya

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #108; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #161; Suzuki 1992, #304

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.9 x 26.1 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.21902

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Ghost of Asakura Tôgo

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagorô (Japanese)

    Description

    Diptych: 11.30460 (left), 11.38270 (right)

    Play: Higashiyama Sakura Sôshi
    Theater: Nakamura

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Watanabe, Mera, shita-uri No blockcutter's mark

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #113; Dai yôkai ten (2000), #95; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #177; Suzuki 1992, #314; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 76

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 26 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.30460

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Memorial Portrait of Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 8th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Object Place

    Description

    Triptych: 11.21486 (left), 11.21487 (center), 11.21488 (right)

    Signed

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

    Markings

    Seal: fukyo baibai ("Not for Sale")

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #118; Suzuki 1992, #320

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 37.8 x 76.7 cm (14 7/8 x 30 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.21486-8

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Susaki: (Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as) Yazama Jûtarô, from the series Thirty-six Fashionable Restaurants of the Eastern Capital (Tôto ryûkô sanjûroku kaiseki)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Other artist Utagawa Yoshitori-jo (Japanese, active about 1848–1864), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.28847, 11.36622

    Play: Chûkô Kanagaki Kôshaku
    Theater: Kawarazaki

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main image); Yoshitori ga (background) 一勇斎国芳画、よしとり画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 12 No blockcutter's mark

    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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #115

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 24.6 cm (14 x 9 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.28847

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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  • The Earth Spider Generates Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu (Minamoto Yorimitsu [Raikô] kô no yakata ni tsuchigumo yôkai o nasu zu)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1843 (Tenpô 14)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on right and left sheets) 一勇斎国芳画

    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: January 19, 2005) 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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #124; Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), pp. 120-1, fig. 22; Suzuki 1992, #441; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 49; Takeuchi

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 73.1 cm (14 1/8 x 28 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.39572a-c

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Plum Blossoms at Night (Yoru no ume)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.36665a-c (complete triptych), 11.39578 (right sheet only)

    Signed

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

    Markings

    Censor's seal:

    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: January 19, 2005) 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

    Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #68; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 13 (1991), Köln pl. 67

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.2 x 72.4 cm (14 1/4 x 28 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.36665a-c

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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