Actor Sawamura Tanosuke II as Yamauba

「山うば 沢村田之助」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1813 (Bunka 10), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.7 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39372

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Possibly a diptych: 11.39372 (left), 11.39384 (right)

Play (finale): Komochi Yamanba
Play (main feature): Sugata no Hana Azuma no Datezome
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, Tsutaya Jûzaburô

改印:極、蔦十

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