Servant Carrying a Young Woman on His Back; Parody of the Akuta River Episode ofTales of Ise
Meiji-era reprint from Edo-period blocks?
original: about 1769–70 (Meiwa 6–7)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #397; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #358, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 495
Vertical chûban; 28.7 x 21.5 cm (11 5/16 x 8 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Probably a Meiji reprint from the original blocks.
Suzuki Harunobu ga
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)
 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