The Syllable A for the Play Akegarasu: Actors Bandô Shûka I as Urazato and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Tokijirô, from the series Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Seisho nanatsu iroha)

「清書七伊露波 (あ) あけからす」 「浦里」初代坂東しうか、「時次郎」八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.1 x 24.8 cm (13 13/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.45124

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.35399.35, 11.42703, 11.45124

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 6
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰六
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