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「武智左馬之助 沢村訥升」(二代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1870 (Meiji 3), 1st month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.7 x 48.5 cm (14 1/16 x 19 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44410a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Gosho Ôgi Soga no Toshidama
Theater: Morita

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on left sheet)

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 1 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:午正改
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