Actor Iwai Shijaku II as Shizuka, from the series Opened Fans Blooming with Flowery Words (Kotoba no hana hiraku suehiro)

「詞花開末広(ことばのはなひらくすゑひろ)」 「しづか」二代目岩井紫若

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 8th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 012-1319 (actor not identified)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.7 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.36864

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a series jointly designed by Kunichika and Kuniteru II.

Play: Ichinomori Kujira no Ôyose
Theater: Morita
一守九字成大漁(いちのもりくじらのおおよせ)
 守田

Signed

Kuniteru hitsu
国輝筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Masukichi
改印:卯八改
彫師:彫工升吉

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