Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as Karukaya Dôshin and an unidentified actor as Ishidômaru, from the series Things That Start with the Syllable Ki (Ki no ji tsukushi)

「紀之字尽」 「苅萱道心」二代目沢村訥升、「石童丸」?

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese), Blockcutter Sugawa Sennosuke (Hori Sennosuke) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 26 cm (14 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.42540

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29875, 11.42540

Signed

Toyokuni hitsu
豊国筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Sennosuke
改印:酉十二改
彫師:彫千之助

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