Loquat Flower of the Secret Melody (Hikyoku no biwa no hana): (Actor Ichikawa Ebizô V as) Matsunami Kengyô, actually Akushichibyôe, from the series Popular Matches for Thirty-six Selected Flowers (Tôsei mitate sanjûroku kasen)

「当盛見立三十六花撰(とうせいみたてさんじふろくくわせん) 秘曲の枇杷の花 松浪検校実ハ悪七兵ヱ」 五代目市川海老蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 24 cm (14 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42377

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series: 36 sheets (11.42370-11.42405) plus title page (11.26606).

Signed

Nanajûhachi ô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

七十八翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ôta Tashichi

改印:亥四改
彫師:彫太田多七

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