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Wrapper for the book (Shaka hassô) Yamato bunko, Ch. 53

「やまとぶんこ 五十三編」 袋

Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4)
Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Japanese, 1831–1889), For Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Jôshûya Jûzô / Jûbei (Kinjûdô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

The book: Kokusho sômokuroku, rev. ed., vol. 4 (1990), p. 200 (with dates of volumes)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Front of wrapper, cut out and mounted in album 11.45858.1-.46
Author: Mantei Ôga (1819-1890) 万亭応賀


Kyôsai zu; Mantei Ôga saku, Utagawa Kunisada, Seisei Kyôsai
狂斎図 万亭応賀作、うた川国貞、惺々狂斎


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)

[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