The Excitement of the Season-Opening Play (Kaomise kyôgen no sakae), from the series A Year of Hits to Order (Atari toshi meidai chûmon)

「当り年名代註文」「顔見世狂言栄」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1823 (Bunsei 6)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iwatoya Kisaburô (Eirindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

The series: Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), checklist 1-48, photo p. 158

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 25.5 cm (14 5/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29752

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.15082, 11.29752

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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