Deaccessioned October 25, 2012

Niwaka Festival Dancer (Niwaka), from the series Contest of [Present-day] Beauties ([Tôsei] Bijin awase)

「(当世)美人合 俄」

Japanese
Edo period
1827
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Moritaya Hanzô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Utagawa-ha (Kobijutsu special issue, 1986), #89

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 25.4 cm (14 1/4 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.42332

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: *11.42332 (deaccessioned in 2012), 34.460

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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