Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Kaji no Chôbei, from the series Mirror of Demonic People, Good and Evil (Zen'aku kijin kagami)

「善悪鬼人鏡 梶ノ長兵衛」 四代目中村芝翫

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), intercalary 4th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Tsunoi (Japanese), Blockcutter Uemura Yasugorô (Hori Yasu) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-2120

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 24.2 cm (14 1/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.44449

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon intercalary aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Uemura Hori Yasu tô

改印:辰閏改
彫師:上邑彫安刀

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