Actor Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kumokiri Nizaemon, from the series Actors in Hit Plays as Heroes of the Underworld (Iza shiranami atari gôketsu)

「俳優白波当立者(いざしらなみあたりごうけつ) 雲霧仁左衛門 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 5th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese


Catalogue Raisonné

Other prints from the series: Newland, Time Present and Time Past (1999), #s 39-40

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 × 25 cm (14 11/16 × 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40494

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Censor’s seal is mirror-image reversed.

Signed

Kunichika ga
国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 5 aratame (mirror-image reversed)
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô
改印:子五改
彫師:片田彫長

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