Act VIII (top) and Act XI (bottom), from the series Shadow Pictures of the Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chûshingura hachidanme kage-e, Chûshingura jûichidanme kage-e)

「忠臣蔵八段目かげゑ」 「忠臣蔵十一段目かげゑ」

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


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 26.5 cm (14 1/8 x 10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37456

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.34998.95, 11.37456

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: 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