Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as the Jester (Taikomochi) Jakuhachi, from the series Top Stars with Their Own Calligraphy (Tôsei jihitsu kagami)

「当世自筆鏡 たいこもち雀八」四代目中村芝翫

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25.5 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42330

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.39664, 11.42330

Play: Tôkaidô Iroha Nikki
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche; Gengyo

応需豊国画(年玉枠)、玄魚

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:酉七改
彫師: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