from the series Collection of Kyôgen Plays (Kyôgen zukushi)

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)


Dimensions

12.8 x 17.6 cm (5 1/16 x 6 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45797.9

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.45797.9 (with poems), 11.45798.16 (without poems)

The MFA has two related sets of small-format prints, each with an accompanying wrapper. 11.45797.1 to .13 (12 prints, plus a wrapper with the title “Kyôgen zukushi”) includes three prints signed “Kyôsai ga”. Each print is inscribed with poems, suggesting that this first edition may be a privately commissioned surimono set. 11.45798.1 to .24 (23 prints, plus a wrapper with the title “Kyôgen hajime”) has the same 12 designs as the first series, but without the poems, as well as 11 additional designs. None are signed.

Inscription

Poems

Signed

Kyôsai ga
狂斎画

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