Actor as Miyamoto Musashi, from the series Pictorial Mirror Stands Matched with Thirty Selected Flowers (E kyôdai mitate sanjû bokkasen)

「絵鏡台見立三十木花撰」「宮本無三四」「糸はき」

Japanese
Edo period
1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Jôshûya Kinzô (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 401-0018 (actor not identified)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 25.9 cm (14 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36637

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

「糸萩の素直や風の柳より」「六九□双峰」

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Watari
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:渡
彫師:彫工房次郎

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