Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Iwafuji, from the series Contest of Riddles with Thirty-six Poems (Nazo awase sanjûroku-ku)

「なそ合三十六句 岩藤」四代目市村家橘

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 1st month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Gusokuya Kahei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-0520; Newland, Time Present and Time Past (1999), cat. no. 9

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.45382

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Possible triptych: 11.45382 (left), 11.45383 (center), 11.45384 (left)

Signed

Kunichika hitsu

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Tashichi

改印:卯正改
彫師:彫工多七

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