Water: Actor Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Ushiwaka Denji, from the series The Relations of the Five Elements Represented in Hit Plays (Atari mitate gogyô sôkoku)

当見立五行相剋 「血気さかりの向ふ水性 牛若伝次」 初代河原崎権十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 22 cm (13 3/4 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29867

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29867, 11.43619

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 6
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take

改印:午六
彫師:横川彫竹

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: August 3, 1911)

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