Actor Shikan (Nakamura Shikan IV as Ômi no Kotôta), from the series Assortment of Fine Brands of Sake, Good for the Health (Hyakuyaku chôju meishû soroe)

「百薬長寿名酒揃 芝翫」(四代目中村芝翫の近江の小藤田)

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 12th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Shôfûdô (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-2565

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 × 23.8 cm (13 7/8 × 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39865

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.39865, 11.40524

Signed

Kunichika hitsu
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:寅十二改
彫師:ホリ工房次郎

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