Flower-arranging Lesson (Hana no shidô) (above) and Jealousy (Rinki) (below), from the series Dolls with a Hundred Faces (Hyaku mensô ningyô no uchi)

「百面相人形の内 花之師道」 「百面相人形ノ内 りんき」

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://blog.livedoor.jp/misemono/archives/cat_50049088.html; Ono, Misemono fûzoku zushi (1977), p. 380

Dimensions

Two horizontal chûban designs on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 35.7 × 24.6 cm (14 1/16 × 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.17370

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series shows an exhibition of lifesized dolls of women in many aspects, held at the Ekô-in temple. The MFA has a flier for the exhibition, 11.45587, and four prints from the series, with two designs each: 11.17369, 11.17370, 11.17371, 11.22723.

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (top), Baichôrô Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouches (bottom)
国貞画(年玉枠)、梅蝶楼国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 4
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、巳四
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: 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