Vendor of Sennen Candy with Puppet
Artist Nishimura Shigenaga (Japanese, 1697?–1756)
Hosoban; 31.4 x 15.7 cm (12 3/8 x 6 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (beni-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and metallic pigment
Not On View
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).
Gakô Nishimura Shigenaga hitsu
Artist's seal: Shigenaga
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