Poem by Ariwara no Narihira Ason: (Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as) Seigen, from the series Comparisons for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokkasen no uchi)

「見立三十六歌撰之内 有原業平朝臣 清玄」 八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #25; Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #136; Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. cat., 2004), #8; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #91; Addiss, Japanese Ghosts and Demons (1985, 2005), p. 67

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.36779.43

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.36779.43, 11.42663

Inscription

Poem: Yo no naka ni/ taete sakura no/ nakariseba/ haru no kokoro wa/ nodokekaramashi

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, (Muramatsu), Rat 10
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
改印:福、(村松)、子十
彫師:横川彫竹

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