Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as a Shirabyôshi Dancer (R) and Sawamura Tosshô II as Seikôbô (L)

「白拍子 中村芝翫」(四代目) 「せい高坊 沢村訥升」(二代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
about 1879 (Meiji 12)
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.5 x 25.3 cm (14 3/4 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16158, 11.16617

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.16158 (left), 11.16617 (right)

No date seal or publisher’s mark.

Signed

Ôju Kunichika hitsu

応需国周筆

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark

改印:なし
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