Pillow Talk Village at Kashiwabara Station (Kashiwabara Nemonogatari): Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Jiraiya, from the series The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road (Kisokaidô rokujûkyû eki)

「木曽六十九駅 柏原 寝物語 児雷也」 八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Minatoya Kohei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Gifu-ken Hakubutsukan, Shichidaime Danjûrô to Kunisada, Kuniyoshi (2001), #110-61

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.5 cm (13 15/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.42728

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Pillow Talk Village (Nemonogatari no sato) was an area where the provinces of Ômi and Mino were separated only by a narrow ditch, with lodgings on either side, so that you could, proverbially, “Talk to people from another province in your sleep.”

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 12
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Takichi

改印:衣笠、村田、子十二
彫師:彫多吉

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