Lifesized Dolls (Iki ningyô)

生人形

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese


Catalogue Raisonné

http://blog.livedoor.jp/misemono/archives/cat_50049065.html; Ono, Misemono fûzoku zushi (1977), p. 377; another print of the same subject, p. 148

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.5 cm (14 11/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28709

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.28709, 11.28710

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 4
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、卯四
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