Actor Bandô Matatarô IV as Arakawa Tarô

四代目坂東又太郎の荒川太郎

Japanese
Edo period
1768 (Meiwa 5), 11th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Dimensions

Hosoban; 32.9 x 15.4 cm (12 15/16 x 6 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18554

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.18554, 21.4101

Play (kaomise): Otokoyama Yunzei Kurabe
Theater: Ichimura
男山弓勢競(おとこやまゆんぜいくらべ)
 市村

Signed

Shunshô ga
春章画

Markings

Artist's seal: Rin (in jar shape)

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: August 3, 1911)

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