Ôdate Uzaemon, born in 1855, 7th month (Ôdate Uzaemon, Ansei ninen shichigatsu umare), from the series Lives of Sumô Wrestlers of Great Japan (Dai Nihon rikishi retsuden)

「大日本力烈伝 大達羽左衛門 安政二年七月生」

Japanese
Meiji era
1884 (Meiji 17)
Artist Utagawa Kuniaki II (Japanese, 1835–1888), Publisher Kodama Yakichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.3 cm (14 11/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16374

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Other records indicate that Uzaemon was born in 1853, not 1855.

Signed

Hachisuka Kuniaki hitsu
蜂須賀国明筆

Markings

Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kame
彫師:彫亀

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