(Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as) Kinokuni Bunza in the Book Ôgonsui Daijin Sakazuki, from the series Contest of Popular Modern Books (Tôsei sôshi awase)

「当盛草子合 黄金水大尽盃 紀伊国文三」 二代目沢村訥升

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese), Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.2 × 24.1 cm (14 1/4 × 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.41227

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Ôgonsui Daijin Sakazuki is the title of a book by Tamenaga Shunsui II, published 1854-66. Sawamura Tosshô II had played the role of Kinokuni(ya) Bunza at the Morita Theater in the 8th month of 1866, in the play Koko Daijin Kin no Mamemaki.
誉大尽金の豆蒔(ここだいじんきんのまめまき)
 守田

Signed

Yoshiiku ga
芳幾画

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ei
改印:寅十二改
彫師:彫工栄

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