The Syllable A: Actor Ôtani Tomomatsu I as Yokozô, from the series Actors Matched with Proverbs for the Kana Syllabary (Mitate iroha tatoe)

「見立いろはたとへ あ 横蔵(よこぞう) 大谷友松(おおたにともまつ)」(初代大谷友松の横蔵)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 3rd month


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 119; the series: Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #238 (illustrates no and ya only)

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 25.2 x 18.3 cm (9 15/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35496

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

慶応1年3月、大坂、筑後芝居「本朝廿四孝(ほんちょうにじゅうしこう)」。五代大谷友右衛門が横蔵を演じているが、前名の友松の時代なので、改名以前の制作ということになる。場面は三段目にあたる「筍(たけのこ)掘り」の場。軍学者山本勘助(やまもとかんすけ)の長男横蔵は、母に雪中の筍を掘れと謎かけられた次男慈悲蔵(じひぞう)と争う。「見立いろはたとへ」と題されたシリーズの1図。 – 武藤 純子K

Signed

Yoshitaki ga
芳瀧画

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