Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Karigane Bunshichi

八代目市川団十郎の雁金文七

Japanese
Edo period
1847 (Kôka 4), spring (?)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Jôshûya Jûzô / Jûbei (Kinjûdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 005-0208, 005-0989

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 24.9 cm (14 1/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38348

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

One sheet of a pentaptych of the Five Manly Men (Gonin otoko), which also included Sawamura Sôjûrô V as Gokuin Sen’emon, Nakamura Utaemon IV as Hotei Ichiemon, Ichikawa Kuzô II, and Matsumoto Kinsho VI.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: kiri
改印:村松、吉村
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