Actor Nakamura Shikan II as the Dragon Princess Oto-hime, from a Dance of Seven Changes (Shichi henge no uchi)

「中村芝翫 七変化ノ内」 二代目中村芝翫の乙姫

Japanese
Edo period
1828 (Bunsei 11), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 26 cm (14 11/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.39387

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): Nijirigaki Nanatsu Iroha
Section: Oto-hime
Play (main feature): Ichinotani Futaba Gunki
Theater: Nakamura

Inscription

「江戸前の肴にましる和布かな 二代目芝翫<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: 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