The Fifth Month: The Boys' Festival, Smoking Out Mosquitoes (Satsuki, Tango, Kayaribi), from an untitled series of Day and Night Scenes of the Twelve Months

昼夜十二ヶ月 「さつき たんご かやり火」

Edo period
about 1772–75 (early An'ei era)
Artist Kitao Shigemasa (Japanese, 1739–1820)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #146; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1988), pl. 66; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 7 (1980), #3; Waterhouse, Harunobu and His Age (1964), #101


Vertical chûban; 25 x 19 cm (9 13/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



From a series jointly designed by Kitao Shigemasa (#s 1, 5, 9, 11), Katsukawa Shunshô (#s 2, 4, 7, 12), and Utagawa Toyoharu (#s 3, 6, 8, 10).


Kitao Shigemasa 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)

[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