Act I (top) and Act IV (bottom), from the series Shadow Pictures of the Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chûshingura daijo kage-e, Chûshingura yodanme kage-e)

「忠臣蔵大序かげゑ」 「忠臣蔵四段目かげゑ」

Japanese
Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 4th month
Artist San'yôsai (Japanese, active 1868), Publisher Sanoya Sadakichi (Sadashichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano et al., Chûshingura VII (2014), list #2-2250, photo p. 256

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.34998.91

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.34998.91, 11.37453

From an album of satirical prints, 11.34998.1-112.

Signed

San'yôsai ga

三洋斎画

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 4 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:辰四改
彫師:なし

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: September 29, 2004)

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