Actors Ichikawa Ebizô II as Kagekiyo and Ôtani Ryûzaemon (?) as a Crab

二代市川海老の影清、大谷龍左衛門ヵの蟹

Japanese
Edo period
1741 (Genbun 6/Kanpô 1), 1st month


Catalogue Raisonné

Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 0184; Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pl. 81

Dimensions

Hosoban; 31 x 15.3 cm (12 3/16 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

11.19096

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Na no Hana Akebono Soga
Theater: Nakamura
菜花曙曽我(なのはなあけぼのそが)
 中村

Signed

Torii Kiyonobu hitsu
鳥居清信筆

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