Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as the Wrestler (Keiriki) Tomigorô, from the series A Modern Shuihuzhuan (Kinsei suikoden)

「近世水滸伝 競力富五郎(けいりきとみごらう) 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Text by Kanagaki Robun (Japanese), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hinohara, Utagawa Kunisada (Ôta Mus., 2016), p. 90 (dragon tattoo); Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, ed., Zusetsu mitate to yatsushi (2008), p. 86, cat. no. 76 (dragon tattoo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.2 cm (14 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.42777

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29906 (dragon tattoo), 11.42773 (dragon tattoo), 11.42777 (lion tattoo)

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa

改印:酉六改
彫師:松島彫政

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