Stairs of a Nô Stage (Kizahashi): Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III as Omiwa, No. 36 from the series Things That Start with the Syllable Ki (Ki no ji tsukushi)

「喜の字つくし きさはし おみわ 沢村田之助」(三代目)「卅六」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Koshimuraya Heisuke (Koshihei) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 24.4 cm (14 1/4 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.42543

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyokuni hitsu

豊国筆(年玉印)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 12 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:酉十二改
彫師:なし

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