Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as the Cartoon Character Masuroku (Toba-e no Masuroku) and an unidentified actor as a Young Mouse (Konezumi)

「児鼠」 「鳥羽絵の升六」四代目中村芝翫

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.7 cm (13 15/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.40267

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (finale of Part 2): Kikkôden Goshiki no Kumiito
Scene: Toba-e
Play (main feature): Katakiuchi Amanohashidate
Theater: Morita
乞巧奠五色の☆(きっこうでんごしきのくみいと)、常磐津、清元、長唄
鳥羽絵(とばえ)
復讐天橋立(かたきうちあまのはしだて)
守田、二番目大切
 1860、万延01、07・14

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
改印:申八改
彫師:横川彫竹

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