Actor Onoe Kikugorô III as the Blind Musician (Zatô) Tokuichi, actually Tenjiku Tokubei

「座頭徳市実ハ天竺徳兵衛 尾上菊五郎」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1816 (Bunka 13), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kawaguchiya Shôzô (Shôeidô, Eisendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #83

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.8 cm (14 13/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37809.16

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.37809.16, 11.38325

Play: Kasane Ôgi
Theater: Nakamura
A performance in memory of the late Onoe Shôroku I (1744-1815).

From an album: 11.37809.1a-c-.31a-c

Inscription

「かねて手くだとわしやしりながらくどき上手についほれやすくだまされて候 むろのうめ 右木琴唄松緑述」

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

一勇斎国芳画

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