Memorial Portraits of Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII in Roles Representing the Five Elements (Mitate gogyô no zu)

「見立五行の図」 「すいどふノ水」「しゐの木」「しのたノ狐火」「弐百両金」「なにわの土」八代目市川団十郎の死絵

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 49.2 cm (14 1/8 x 19 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43868a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29998-9, 11.43868a-b
 見立

Signed

Konomi ni tsuki Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
好ニ付豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、寅十二
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