Children at Play: Kite-flying Contest (Kodomo asobi tako-age kurabe)
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active about 1836–1887), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)
Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 × 72.7 cm (13 15/16 × 28 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.39743a-c, 11.41315a-c
Written on the kites are the names of commodities that are rising in price.
Yoshitora ga (on each sheet)
Censor's seal: Ox 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Masa (on right sheet)
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection