The Earth Spider (Tsuchigumo)
1843 (Tenpô 14)
Artist Utagawa Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1873)
Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #78 (w/ demons); Nat. Mus. of J. Hist., Nishiki-e wa ika ni tsukarareta ka (2009), #50; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), p. 199; Miyao, Nihon no giga (1967), p. 256 (w/ demons)
Vertical chûban; 25.8 × 18.7 cm (10 3/16 × 7 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Center sheet of incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 11.21416VR (11.21416, 11.21418, 11.21419; complete triptych, showing Earth Spider, with unidentified publisher’s mark), 11.21417 (center sheet only, showing demons, without publisher’s mark or censor’s seal)
Gyokuransai Sadahide ga
No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
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