The Imitation Kisen (Gisu Kisen): Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Oniazami Seishichi, from the series Selected Underworld Characters for the Six Poetic Immortals (Mitate shiranami rokkasen)

「見立白波六歌撰 偽ス喜撰」 「鬼あさみ清七」 四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.1 x 24.4 cm (13 13/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.29356

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29356, 11.40308

Signed

Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

任好豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:酉四改
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: 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