Actor Bandô Takesaburô I as Mizusao no Take

「水棹の竹」初代坂東竹三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 39.2 x 27.7 cm (15 7/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39059

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of incomplete diptych.

MFA impressions: 11.39059 (key block, right sheet only), 11.43905a-b (color, complete diptych)

Play: Tenjiku Tokubei Ikoku Banashi
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga

一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark

改印:福、村松
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