Courtesan Representing Kaminari Shôkurô, from the series Five Women of the Pleasure Quarters (Seirô gonin onna)

「青楼五人女 ?」 (雷庄九郎)

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Kikukawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867)


Catalogue Raisonné

The series: Kondô, ed., Eizan (JUM exh. cat., 1996), list #49

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 23.5 cm (14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.22780

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The name of the woman and her house are given at the upper right but are too badly trimmed to be legible; they do not seem to correspond to either of the known prints listed in Kondô 1996. The crest on the lantern and the design of thunder drums on her costume indicate that she represents Kaminari Shôkurô.

Signed

Kikukawa Eizan hitsu
菊川英山筆

Markings

No censor's seal

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