Fun for Children: Firefighters' Parade at New Year (Kodomo asobi haru no dazome)

「子供あそび春の出そめ」

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 5th month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban hexaptych; 37.4 × 150.1 cm (14 3/4 × 59 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.16395-400

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Hexaptych: 11.16395 (sheet 3 from right), 11.16396 (sheet 6), 11.16397 (sheet 2), 11.16398 (sheet 4), 11.16399 (sheet 1), 11.16400 (sheet 5)

Jointly published by Enshûya Hikobei (right half) and Iseya Kanekichi (left half).

Signed

Yoshitora ga (on first and fourth sheets from right)
芳虎画

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô (on sheets 1, 4, and 6 from right)
改印:亥五改
彫師:片田彫長

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