The Koishikawa Scene (Koishikawa no dan) of the play Itozakura Honchô Sodachi (above) and the Kusatsu Scene (Kusatsu no dan) of the play Hizakurige, from the series A Collection of Comical Ballads (Dôke jôruri zukushi)

「道化 浄瑠璃尽 糸桜本町育 小石川の段」、「道化 浄瑠璃尽 膝栗毛 草津のだん」

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Dimensions

Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 37 x 25.1 cm (14 9/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36677

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No publisher’s mark on this impression, but another print in the series, 11.36678, has the mark of Hayashiya Shôgorô.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga (above), Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi kyôga (below)
一勇斎国芳戯画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、卯十二
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