Actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Inuyama Dôsetsu, from the series Great Swords of Kabuki Collected (Kabuki meitô soroi)

「戯場銘刀揃 犬山道節 片岡仁左衛門」(八代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.2 cm (14 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.42661

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29159, *11.29919 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.42661

Signed

Ôju Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
応需喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Matsushima Masakichi
改印:戌正改
彫師:彫工松島政吉

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