The Syllable Ki for Kisshô-ji Temple: Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Oshichi and Nakamura Tsuruzô I as Kôchô, from the series Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Seisho nanatsu iroha)

「清書七以呂波 (き) 吉祥寺」 「お七」三代目岩井粂三郎、「紅長」初代中村鶴蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.35399.37

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.35399.37, 11.42709

Album: 11.35399.1-.47

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 7
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰七
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: September 29, 2004)

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