Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Ghost of Asakura Tôgo

「朝倉当吾亡霊」 四代市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #26; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #113; Dai yôkai ten (2000), #95; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #177; Suzuki 1992, #314; Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), pl. 76

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 26 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.30460

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.30460 (left), 11.38270 (right)

Play: Higashiyama Sakura Zôshi
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, shita-uri No blockcutter's mark 改印:米良、渡辺、シタ売 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: 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