Elephant Brought by Ship from India (Indo senrai zô)

「印度船来象」

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshikata (Japanese, active about 1841–1864), Publisher Koshimuraya Heisuke (Koshihei) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://blog.livedoor.jp/misemono/archives/cat_50049158.html

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.7 cm (13 15/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.37389

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

「古語に曰、象二十五才にして牙を生、三十才ニして変色、今来舶の象無牙ニして、色黒、古語に相違ありとも、是則三才成がゆへなるべし、今昔視こと猶後の今如視、写真製后生人間傳 桑国一震斎記」

Signed

Isshinsai Yoshikata zufu
一震斎芳形図布

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 4 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:亥四改
彫師:なし

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