Monkey (Son Gokû) Asks Mars, the Star of Fiery Virtue (Katokusei), for Help, from the series The Journey to the West, A Popular Version (Tsûzoku Saiyûki)
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 10th month
Vertical ôban; 36 x 23.9 cm (14 3/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.37752, 11.39783
A scene from Ch. 51 of the sixteenth-century Chinese fantasy novel, The Journey to the West (Ch. Xiyouji, J. Saiyûki).
Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga
Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection