Seki: The Ancient Barrier Gate at Suzuka (Kodai Suzuka no seki); Semimaru, from the series The Fifty-three Stations [of the Tôkaidô Road] by Two Brushes (Sôhitsu gojûsan tsugi)
「双筆五十三次 関 古代鈴鹿之関」 目録：「蝉まる」
1855 (Ansei 2), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Kyûshirô, Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)
Peternolli & Guidi, Kunisada (Bologna, 2017), #77; Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T79-48; Watanabe, Sôhitsu gojûsan tsugi (2011), #48; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 252, ôban #34.48
Vertical ôban; 34.7 x 23.9 cm (13 11/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 48 in the series.
Landscapes by Hiroshige, figures by Kunisada I (Toyokuni III). The subtitles of the landscapes, if present, appear on the individual prints; the subtitles referring to the figures are found only on the title page for the series, 11.36763.3 .
Album of all 55 prints in the series, plus cover slip, title page, and hand-written preface and colophon: 11.36763.1-59
Hiroshige hitsu (above); Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (below)
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 8
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
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