Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Yamanaka Tôtarô, from the series Mirror of Demonic People, Good and Evil (Zen'aku kijin kagami)

「善悪奇人鏡 山中藤太郎」(四代目中村芝翫)

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), intercalary 4th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Tsunoi (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Utakichi (Hori Uta) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyu II (2010), #102; Newland, Time Present and Time Past (1999), #53

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.3 cm (14 3/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44447

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Note that the censor’s seal used here, with two characters indicating the month, is different from the one used on, e.g., 11.44440 and 11.44449, which uses only one, different character for the month.

Signed

Kunichika hitsu
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon intercalary 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Uta
改印:辰壬四改
彫師:彫卯多

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