Symbols of Good Fortune for the Ichikawa Lineage: A Lobster in the Shape of the Treasure Boat (Takarabune)

市川流の壽 宝船の海老

Japanese
Edo period
1832 (Tenpô 3), 3rd month
Artist Torii Kiyomitsu II (Kiyomine) (Japanese, 1787–1868), Publisher Maruya Jinpachi (Marujin, Enjudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, "Gifts of the 'Treasure Ship'," in Graphic Designer ... Robert Schaap (2013), pp. 16-21, fig. 1

Dimensions

Horizontal double ôban; 41.5 x 57.7 cm (16 5/16 x 22 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1682

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1682, 11.38841
A related design: 00.1674

Made to commemorate the name change of Ichikawa Danjûrô VII to Ebizô V and his son, the former Ebizô, to Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII. Text transcribed and translated in McKee 2013.

Inscription

Poems by Hakuen (Danjûrô VII) and Mimasu (Danjûrô VIII).

Signed

Godaime [i.e. fifth-generation head of the Torii school] Kiyomitsu
五代目清満

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock