Dancer and Bell of Dôjô-ji Temple
1765 (Meiwa 2)
Artist Ishikawa Toyonobu (Japanese, 1711–1785)
MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #43; Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #719
Vertical chûban; 23.3 x 18.4 cm (9 3/16 x 7 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.20131, 11.30134
The numbers of the long months are hidden in the kimono and the short months in the bell.
Ishikawa Shûha ga
Blockcutter: Horikô Nakamura Joryû
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)
 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