Book covers for Ono no Komachi ukiyo Genji, Part 13, Vols. 1 and 2

「小野小町」 「上」 「浮世源氏 十三編」 「下」

Edo period
1838 (Tenpô 9)
Artist Utagawa Kuninao (Japanese, 1795–1854)

Catalogue Raisonné; the book: Kokusho sômokuroku, rev. ed., vol. 1 (1989), p. 357 (with dates of volumes)


Horizontal chûban; 19.9 x 26.5 cm (7 13/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



The completed full-color print would be cut in half to become the color covers for two fascicles sold together in a paper wrapper.
The book included 15 parts with 4 volumes each, for a total of 60 fascicles, published from 1830 to 1848.
Author: Santô Kyôzan (1769-1858).


Utagawa Kuninao ga, Santôan Kyôzan saku


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)

[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