Tsuchinoe (No. 5 of the Ten Stems): Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Kan Shôjô, from the series Ten Superb Roles of Rikan Matched with the Ten Stems (Sakigake mitate jukkan)

「魁見立十翫」 「十榦の内 戊」 「菅相丞 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kunihisa II (Japanese, 1832–1891), Publisher Etsuka (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 24.5 cm (14 1/4 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40343

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu (on main image); Kunihisa ga (on inset)

七十八歳豊国筆、国久画

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô

改印:亥八改
彫師:片田彫長

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