Actor Sawamura Tosshô I as both Washi no Dan no Nôfu and Miyatogawa no Tsunauchi in the Dance of the Five Elements (Mokkadokonsui shosagoto no uchi)

「木火土金水所作事の内 鷲之段の農夫 宮戸川の網打 沢村訥升」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1840 (Tenpô 11), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.7 x 23.6 cm (13 11/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39330

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (finale of Part 2): Hina Asobi Wagô no Aishô
Sections of shosa: Washi no Dan ni Narai Nôfu no Tsuchibashira, Miyatogawa ni Narai Amiuchi no Mizubashira
Play (main feature): Toki mo Yoshino Senbon-zakura
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

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