Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Matabei the Stutterer (Domo Matahei) and Iwai Hanshirô VII as His Wife (Nyôbô) Otoku, from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)

「見立三十六句撰」 「吃又平」四代目中村歌右衛門、「女房おとく」七代目岩井半四郎

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Motegi et al, Musical Instruments (Ôta Memorial Museum, 2005), #109

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 24 cm (13 3/4 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.30045

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21871, 11.30045, 11.30064

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni hitsu; Gengyo (on inset)

一陽斎豊国筆、玄魚

Markings

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

改印:改、辰十二
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