Snake (Mi): Actors Nakamura Kanjaku II as Saitô Musashinosuke (R) and Nakamura Tamashichi I as Tabakoya Sankichi (L), from the series The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac (Jûnishi no uchi)

「齋藤蔵之助 中むら翫雀」(二代目)  「拾二支之内 巳」 「たばこや三吉 中むら玉七」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 1st month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 110; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #239 (left sheet only, no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 37.6 cm (9 13/16 x 14 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21101, 11.21118

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.21101 (left), 11.21118 (right)

Play: Keisei Somewake Tazuna
Theater: Chikugo
けいせい染分総(けいせいそめわけたづな)
 筑後

Signed

Kunikazu (on each sheet)
国員

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: August 3, 1911)

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