Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Yakigane Okuma, from the pentaptych The Incomparable Snow-White Skin of the Valiant Women of Edo (Tôto Fuji yuki no hada-ai)

東都不二勇気相肌 「焼がねお熊 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 12th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese, Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #91 (complete pentaptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.41600

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center left sheet of incomplete pentaptych.

MFA impressions: 11.41600 (one sheet, same as 11.41737c), 11.41737a-c (three sheets)

Signed

Kunichika ga

国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ei

改印:子十二改
彫師:彫栄

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