Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Onigatake, from the series Mirror of Sumô Past and Present (Kokon sumô kagami)

「古今角力鏡 鬼ヶ竹」 四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 293

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.7 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.39004

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Sekitori Nidai no Shôbuzuke
Imaginary performance (mitate).
 見立

Signed

Konomi ni ôjite Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
応好 豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 9
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、卯九
彫師:なし

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