Otokonosuke's LInes from the Play Meiseki Senzai Hane (Meiseki senzai hane Otokonosuke no serifu)

「名石千歳刎(めいせきせんざいはね) 男之助せりふ」 (鯰絵)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1855 (Ansei 2)
Artist Unknown, Japanese


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 27 cm (14 5/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.38638

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.35949, 11.38638

A catfish parody of a scene from the play Meiboku Sendai Hagi in which the hero Otokonosuke strikes a rat that is really the sorceror Nikki Danjô.

Signed

Unsigned

無款

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