Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Yaoya Hanbei in His Great Hit Scene with Puppet-style Acting (Kono tokoro ningyô no furi ôatari, ôatari)

「八百屋半兵衛 中村歌右衛門」(四代目)「此所人形の振大あたり/\」

Japanese
Edo period
1840 (Tenpô 11), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Fushimiya Zenroku (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 26.4 cm (14 1/8 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39336

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Shimekazari Otakara Soga
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Ôju Kunisada ga

応需国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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