Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Asahina and Ichikawa Monnosuke III as Tsukisayo

七代目市川団十郎の朝比奈と三代目市川門之助の月小夜

Japanese
Edo period
1824 (Bunsei 7)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Hokusai (2013), #125; Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #232 (the complete set, #s 229-233); other prints from the series: Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #s 172-3

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 18.5 cm (8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20417

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a set of five prints showing actors costumed for a Soga Brothers play in imaginary New Year scenes; each features Ichikawa Danjuro VII with an actor of female roles.

Inscription

「遠山のまゆうを霞にかくしても ふけてハミえぬ春の月小夜 文麗舎繁躬」
「たはふるゝさか沢潟(おもだか)のよろひ蝶 羽もおもけなる花のはる風 文泉舎鈴繁」
「あけてけさいはへる屠蘇のさかつきに 色とる隈やミつの朝比奈 文陽舎春樹」

Signed

Hitomane suru Saru no hatsuharu, Katsushika no oyaji Iitsu hitsu
人まねする申のはつ春かつしかのおやち為一筆

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: August 3, 1911)

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