On the Road to Heaven (Gokuraku dôchû zu): Memorial Portrait of Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII and Bandô Shûka I

「極楽道中図」 八代目市川団十郎  初代坂東しゅうか  (死絵)

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 3rd month
Artist Unknown, Japanese


Catalogue Raisonné

Nat. Mus. of J. Hist., Nishiki-e wa ika ni tsukarareta ka (2009), #43; Salter, Japanese Popular Prints (2006), pp. 126-7, fig. 132; Hayashi, "Shini-e" (II), Ukiyo-e geijutsu 46 (1975), p. 18, fig. 38

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37 x 49 cm (14 9/16 x 19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38571a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Unsigned

無款

Markings

No censor's seals
No blockcutter's mark

改印:なし
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