Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Ikyû and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Shiratama

「意休」四代目市川小団次、「しら玉」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.1 x 24.7 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.15090

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate).

Signed

Konomi ni tsuki Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

好ニ付豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、寅十二
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: 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