Koman of the Sakuraya, from a series known as Votive Hand Towels (Hônô tenugui)

「奉納 五大力 桜屋内 小まんヵ」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1817 (Bunka 14)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), #1, and checklist 1-1

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 39 x 27 cm (15 3/8 x 10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40065

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.23011, 11.40065

The courtesan is imitating the manner of actor Iwai Hanshirô V.
 美人の着物には杜若紋、簪には丁字花があることから、<5>岩井半四郎を意識したものである事がわかる。11.40065は「はんもと仲町」の文字と、落款に貞三升印があるが、11.23011にはいずれもがない。11.23011は後摺ヵ。

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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