Daybreak (Ariake): Actor Bandô Shûka I as Shiranui Daijin, from the series Scenes in Moonlight (Mitate tsuki zukushi)

「見立月尽 有明 白縫大尽」 初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 24.7 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.43060

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.43060, 11.45360

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 9
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、卯九
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: January 19, 2005)

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