Actor Onoe Waichi II as a Tôfu Buyer (Tôfukai) and a One-Legged Ghost (Ippon ashi no obake), from the series Magic Lantern Slides in a Dance of Seven Changes (Utsushi-e shichihenge no uchi)

「写絵七化ノ内 とうふかひ 壱本足ノお化」 二代目尾上和市

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Kinnosuke (Kinjirô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.8 x 23.7 cm (13 11/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22422

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Tokiwa no Iro Ôgi no Utsushi-e
Play (main feature): Irohagana Kane no Sashimono
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 9
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳九
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: 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