Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Taira Shinnô Masakado, from Triptych of Favorite Actors in Imagined Roles (Okonomi mitate sanpukutsui)

「御好見立三幅対」「平親王将門 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Minatoya Kohei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.2 cm (14 5/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40358

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Iwa

改印:戌五改
彫師:横川彫岩

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