Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Arajishi Otokonosuke

七代目市川団十郎の荒獅子男之介

Japanese
Edo period
1828 (Bunsei 11)
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Style of Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Japanese Poetry Prints (Schoff Coll. cat., 2006), #64; Mirviss, Masterpieces of the Art of Surimono (2003), #82; Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #82

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.6 cm (8 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26489

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From the play The Celebrated Bush Clover of Sendai (Meiboku Sendai Hagi)

Poems translated in McKee 2006, p. 177; and Bowie et al 1979, p. 136.

Inscription

Poem by Bunkaisha Nanki: Tawamurete/ yanagi no nezumi/ chô to utsu/ kodomo reisha no/ toshidama ôgi

Poem by Bunkaisha Hazemaru: Toshidama no/ ôgi no soete/ kado reisha/ torichirashitaru/ nezumi hansetsu

Poem by Goryûtei Tokushô: Ôsaka ni/ saku ya kabuki no/ fukamigusa/ Edo mo neoi no/ hana no oyadama

Signed

Unsigned
無款

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