The Syllable Wa for Ferry Landing (Watashiba): Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Seigen-ni and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Sarushima Sôta, from the series Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Seisho nanatsu iroha)

「清書七意呂波 (わ) わたし場」 「清玄尼」三代目岩井粂三郎、「猿島惣太」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Kinnosuke (Kinjirô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.8 cm (13 15/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.42710

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.35399.13, 11.42710

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