(Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III as) Rikiya, No. 23 from the series Thirty-six Poems on Kabuki (Kabuki sanjûroku ku)

「歌舞伎三十六区 廿三 力弥」 三代目沢村田之助

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Masudaya Ginjirô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.40583

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Nakamura
仮名手本忠臣蔵(かなでほんちゅうしんぐら)
 中村

Signed

Kunichika hitsu
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 9 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:寅九改
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: 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