Oniwakamaru and the Giant Carp

鬼若丸と鯉

Japanese
Edo period
about 1830–35 (early Tenpô era)
Artist Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)


Catalogue Raisonné

King and Iwakiri, Japanese Warrior Prints (2007), #112; Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #279; Christie's Sale Catalogue #7576 (October 23, 1992), lot #42

Dimensions

Shikishiban diptych; 21.9 x 37 cm (8 5/8 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20613

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.20613, 21.10400

Translation of poem in King and Iwakiri (2007), p. 211.

Inscription

Poem by Seiyôken Umeyo: Fune tomuru/ Wanibushiyama no/ arawakashû/ hirefuru koi wa/ mono no kazu ka wa
舟とむる 鰐渕山の あら若衆 ひれふる鯉ハ 物の数かは  青陽館梅世

Signed

Hokkei
北渓

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