Nos. 1 to 4 (above) and 5 to 7 (below), from the series A Primer for Children in Comical Pictures (Jitsugokyô kyôga dôgaku)

「実語教 狂画童学」

Japanese
Edo period
1842 (Tenpô 13)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Aritaya Seiemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 35.5 x 23.6 cm (14 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36672

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

「一 山高故不貴 以有樹為貴」 山高きが故に貴からず 木有るを以て貴しとす
「二 人肥故不貴 以有智為貴」 人肥えたるが故に貴からず 智有るを以て貴しとす
「三 富是一生財 身滅即共滅」 富は是一生の財(ざい) 身滅すれば即ち共に滅す
「四 智是万代財 命終即随行」 智は是万代の財(たから) 命終われば即ち随って行く

「五 玉不磨無光 無光為石瓦」 玉磨かざれば光無し 光無きを石瓦とす
「六 人不学無智 無智為愚人」 人学ばざれば智なし 智無きを愚人(ぐにん)とす
「七 倉内財有朽 身内才無朽」 倉の内の財は朽つること有り 身の内の才は朽つること無し

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each design)
一勇斎国芳画

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