Actor Iwai Hanshirô VIII as Zangiri Otomi, No. 8 from the series Flowers of Tokyo: Caricatures by Kunichika (Azuma no hana Kunichika manga)

「東京花(あづまのはな) 国周漫画 岩井半四郎 ざん切於富」 (八代目岩井半四郎)

Japanese
Meiji era
1872 (Meiji 5), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Yorozuya Magobei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Hidekatsu (Horikô Hidekatsu) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 23.8 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44408

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyohara Kunichika hitsu
豊原国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Water Monkey (Jinshin, mizunoe saru) 9
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Hidekatsu
Artist's seal: toshidama
改印:壬申九
彫師:彫工秀勝

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