Actor Nakamura Shikan II as Shôki the Demon Queller, from the series Nakamura Shikan's Dance of Nine Changes (Nakamura Shikan kyû henge no uchi)

「中村芝翫九変化ノ内」二代目中村芝翫の朱鐘馗

Japanese
Edo period
1833 (Tenpô 4), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.4 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.22246

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Kyô Kokonoe Yayoi no Hanamichi
Scene: Red Shôki, the Demon Queller (Shu Shôki)
Play (main feature): Sakuradoki Hana no Yoshiwara
Theater: Nakamura

Inscription

「下戸はかりせうきに見へて花踊り 魁香舎芝翫<なりこま>」

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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: August 3, 1911)

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