The Syllable Ke: Actor Arashi Rikaku II as Takeda Katsuyori, from the series Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Nanatsu iroha)

「七ツいろは (け) 武田勝頼(たけだかつより) 猿雀(えんじゃく)」二代目嵐璃珏

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 10th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 114; Ikeda 4, #618; Fiorillo and Luhl, "Enjaku," Andon special issue (2006), list no. 1.22

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 24.3 x 18.5 cm (9 9/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35550

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Honchô Nijûshi Kô
Theater: Kado
本朝廿四孝(ほんちょうにじゅうしこう)
 角

Signed

Enjaku
猿雀

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