Toys with Actors' Faces, the Genuine Article (Shôfuda tsuki hiiki no omocha)

正札付俳優手遊(しやうふだつきひゐきのおもちや)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 11th month
Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Publisher Seibundô Masakichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #143 (complete triptych, with this sheet on the left); Museum of Kyoto, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi ten (2001), #51 (complete triptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.37658

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center sheet of incomplete triptych; title on right sheet.

Signed

Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga

一魁斎芳年画

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 11 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:酉十一改
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