Children Dancing and Flying Kites

凧と踊る子供たち

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Tanzaku; 31.1 x 11.4 cm (12 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.36707

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The actual threads passing through the hand of the girl at left were probably attached to a miniature kite in the shape of a yakko (footman), printed on a separate piece of paper and attached to the top of the print as suggested by the shadow shape.

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: 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