Water Plantain (Mizu-aoi): Actor Bandô Hikosaburô V as Satô Yomoshichi, from the series Thirty-six Selected Flowers and Grasses (Sanjûrokkasô no uchi)

「三十六花艸の内 水葵」「さとう与茂七 ばん東ひこ三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 6th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Yorozuya Zentarô (Manzen)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-8810

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.6 cm (14 x 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44412

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.44412, 11.44413

Signed

Kunichika ga

国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 6 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:丑六改
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