Actor Arashi Rikan III as Hotei Ichiemon, from an untitled pentaptych of the Five Manly Men (Gonin otoko)

五人男 「布袋市右衛門」 三代目嵐璃寛

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 24.9 cm (14 1/4 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45509

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Complete pentaptych: 11.45505-9 (no virtual record because order of sheets is uncertain)

Play: Koigoromo Karigane-zome
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、渡辺、シタ売
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