Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Kijin Monbei, from the pentaptych Powerful Actors in a Snowstorm of Blossoms (Hanafubuki narade no otokogi)

「花吹雪強勢乃俳優(はなふゝきならでのおとこき)」 「鬼神門兵衛 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 11th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #91 (pentaptych mentioned, but no photo); Waseda db 007-0871

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.7 × 24.2 cm (14 1/16 × 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.40604

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of pentaptych.

Pentaptych: 11.40604-8 (no VR)

Signed

Kunichika ga
国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 11 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô
改印:子十一改
彫師:片田彫長

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