The Snake WIllow (Ja yanagi): Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô IX as Suhama Sôzu, with an actor from the past as Kûkai, from the series The Eighteen Great Kabuki Plays (Kabuki jûhachiban)
「歌舞伎十八番 蛇柳」 「州浜僧都 九世市川団十郎」 「空海」
1895 (Meiji 28), October 5 OR 1896 (Meiji 29), January 12
Artist Hasegawa Kanpei XIV (Tadakiyo) (Japanese, 1847–1929), Publisher Hasegawa Sumi (Japanese), Blockcutter Watanabe Yatarô (Hori Yata) (Japanese, 1850–1913), Printer Surikô Ôkame (Japanese)
Waseda db 201-0140 (dated 1896), 201-0164 (1896), 201-0183 (1895)
Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 24 cm (14 1/4 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 16 in the order given on the series contents page. The complete series, plus contents page: RES.53.1 to RES.53.19. (The series also included a title page, which is not in the MFA collection; see Waseda db 201-0123.) The date and publication information for each print was in the left margin, which has been cut off of these impressions. For this design, the Waseda impressions include two different dates.
Torii Kiyosada ga; Tadakiyo hitsu
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Yata
Printer's mark: Surikô Ôkame
Artists' seals: Kiyosada; ?
1953, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: March 12, 1953)