At Hell Valley on Mount Tate in Etchû Province, Nikushi Dôjin Demonstrates a Battle of Frogs and Teaches Magic to the Two Comrades Yoshikado and Iga Ju (Etchû Tateyama no Jigokudani ni Nikushi Dôjin kawazu kassen no ki o arawashi Yoshikado Iga Ju no ryôyû

「越中立山の地獄谷に肉芝道人蛙合戦の奇をあらはし良門伊賀寿の両雄に妖術を授く」

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active about 1836–1887), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #211; Asahikawa Museum, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ichimon no zenbôten (2000), #3-21-1; Dai yôkai ten (2000), #83

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 × 74.8 cm (14 1/16 × 29 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41382a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Yoshitora ga (on each sheet)
芳虎画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 6 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:子六改
彫師:なし

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