Actor Onoe Kikugorô IV as Amakawaya's Wife (Nyôbô) Osono, from the series Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai (Seichû gishi den no uchi)

「誠忠義士伝之内 天川屋女房於其 尾上菊五郎」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôyama Toyojirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano et al., Chûshingura VII (2014), list #2-906, photo p. 203

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25.1 cm (14 5/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.25056

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.886, 11.25056

Mitate (imaginary performance).

Signed

Nanajûkyû sai Toyokuni hitsu

七十九歳豊国筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 11 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô

改印:子十一改
彫師:片田彫長

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: August 3, 1911)

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