Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Palace Maid (Oku jochû) Takegawa, actually (jitsu wa) Subashiri Okuma

「奥女中竹川 実ハすばしりお熊 市村家橘」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 8th month (?)
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Seibundô Masakichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Tanaka Hori Ushi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.41669

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Musume Hyôban Zen’aku Kagami
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kunichika ga

国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 8 aratame (?)
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ushi

改印:丑八改ヵ
彫師:ほり牛

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