Vendor of Sennen Candy with Puppet

「千ねんうり」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Nishimura Shigenaga (Japanese, 1697?–1756)


Dimensions

Hosoban; 31.4 x 15.7 cm (12 3/8 x 6 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.30153

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (beni-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and metallic pigment

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Sennen Ame originated in the Asakusa area in the mid-Edo period and became popular as a gift for children on the occasion of the Shichigosan festival; it is known today as Chitose Ame (a different reading of the same characters).

Signed

Gakô Nishimura Shigenaga hitsu
画工 西村重長筆

Markings

Artist's seal: Shigenaga

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: August 3, 1911)

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