Scenes of Hell and Heaven

地獄極楽図

Japanese
Edo period
about 1830–35 (Tenpô 1–6)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #170; Iwakiri 2011, #111; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Ukiyoeshitachi no shinbutsu (1999), #29; Suzuki et al., Utagawa Kuniyoshi ten (1996), #101; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #172

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 77.7 cm (14 3/8 x 30 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38190a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
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