Poem by Chûnagon Yakamochi: (Actor Bandô Takesaburô I as) Fox Tadanobu, from the series Comparisons for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokkasen no uchi)

「見立三十六歌撰之内 中納言家持 狐忠のぶ」 初代坂東竹三郎

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


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.36779.41

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.36779.41, 11.42678

Note: The paper slip pasted onto this impression identifies the actor as Segawa Kikunojô.

Inscription

Poem (Man'yôshû 1466): Haru no no ni/ asaru kigisu no/ tsumagoi ni/ ono ga arika no/ hito ni shiretsutsu [standard version has "ono ga atari o"]
「春の野に あさるきゞすの つま恋に おのがありかを 人にしれつゝ」

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Rat 10
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:福、村松、子十
彫師: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