Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as a Mask Seller (Men-uri)

「面うり」四代目中村芝翫

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.7 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.22483

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

One sheet of incomplete polyptych?

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Shiki Bundai Nagori no Hana
Play (main feature): Chûshin Akatsuki no Tori
Theater: Morita

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane

改印:申五改
彫師:彫兼

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