Body of the Instrument for the Element of Wood, String-knot Holder for the Element of Metal; Highly Auspicious (Kakurindô no kisei, neo-kake no kinsei, daikichi): Actor Onoe Eizaburô I (Onoe Matsusuke II) and Shamisen Music, from the series Auspicious Com

「諸芸相生尽し かくりんとうの木性 ねをかけの金性 大吉」 初代尾上栄三郎(二代目尾上松助)と三味線

Japanese
Edo period
about late 1800s–early 1810s
Artist Kikukawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867), Publisher Katai (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kondô, ed., Eizan (JUM exh. cat., 1996), list #36.2 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 39.3 x 26.7 cm (15 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.17705

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.17705, 11.41502

In 1809.11, Onoe Eizaburô I took the name Onoe Matsusuke II; it is uncertain whether this print was made before or after the name change.

Signed

Kikukawa Eizan hitsu
菊川英山筆

Markings

No censor's seal

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