Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Taira Kiyomori

「平清盛 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 2nd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Daikokuya Kinnosuke (Kinjirô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.39439, 11.41595

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.39439 (right), 11.41595 (left)

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on left sheet)

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori ... Wakasa 9on left sheet)

改印:辰二改
彫師:ホリ 若狭

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