Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as the Doll (Oyama ningyô) and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hidari Jingorô, from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)

「見立三十六句撰」 「おやま人形」四代目尾上菊五郎、「左り甚五郎」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 23.7 cm (13 3/4 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.30003

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.25093, 11.30003, 11.30020, 11.30058

Signed

Utagawa Toyokuni hitsu; Gengyo (on inset)

歌川豊国筆、玄魚

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 11
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰十一
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