Poem by Fujiwara no Toshiyuki Ason: (Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as) the Ghost of Kasane (Kasane no bôkon), from the series Comparisons for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokkasen no uchi)

「見立三十六歌撰之内 藤原繁行朝臣 累の亡魂」 四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #96; Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 297

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.36779.57

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.36779.57, 11.42671

Inscription

Poem (Kokinshû 169): Aki kinu to/ me ni wa sayaka ni/ mienedomo/ kaze no oto ni zo/ odorokare uru
「秋来ぬと 目にはさやかに 見へねとも 風の音にそ おとろかれぬる」

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 9
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:浜、馬込、子九
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