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Wanting to Catch Lots of Fish (Tan to tsuritai)/ Ceramics from Owari Province (Owari yakimono), from the series Auspicious Desires on Land and Sea (Sankai medetai zue)

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No. 28 in the series.


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main design); Tori ga (inset) 一勇斎国芳画(主絵) とり画(挿入)


Censors' seals: Murata, Kinugasa, Rat 12 Artist's seal: kiri


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

Japanese, Edo period, 1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), fig. 40; the series: Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), list #117


Vertical ôban; 37 x 25 cm (14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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