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Seki: Priest Ikkyû and the Hell Courtesan (Jigoku-dayû), from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

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Station 48, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi. MFA impressions: 11.30320, 11.39970, 11.45385.48

Inscription

関の地蔵尊再興のとき一休和尚に開眼を乞ければ犢鼻褌(ふんどし)をときて地蔵の首にまとひし事は世に傳えて知るところなり 高須の遊君地獄といふ女一休を尊信して信觧(しんげ)を請る 其始連歌問答のことは事繁ければここに誌(しる)さず その面影 (かたち)を図する

Signed

Hiroshige ga 広重画

Marks

Artist's seal: Hiro Censor's seal: Mura

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

Japanese, Edo period, about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)

Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.49; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 251, ôban #43.17

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45385.48

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints