Tiger (Tora): Watônai, from the series Japanese Heroes for the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac (Eiyû Yamato jûnishi)

「寅 英雄大倭十二士 和藤内」

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Ansei 1), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Mitaya Kihachi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 27.6 cm (13 3/4 x 10 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.38156

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.26796 (color), 11.38156 (key block)

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, (Tiger intercalary 7) (date seal not yet carved)
No blockcutter's mark

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