Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Orochimaru (Disguised as the) Boatman (Sendô) Tatsu

「大蛇丸船頭辰」四代目市村家橘

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 3rd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.39886

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Left sheet of incomplete diptych.

MFA impressions: 11.39886 (left sheet only), 11.41621a-b (complete diptych)

Play: Keisei Soga Kuruwa Kagami
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kunichika hitsu

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 3 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:卯三改
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