Wood (Ki): Actor Sawamura Tosshô I as the Spirit of the Ink-dyed Cherry Blossoms (Sumizome Sakura no sei), from the series The Five Elements (Mokkadokonsui no uchi)

「木 木火土金水ノ内 沢村訥升」初代沢村訥升の墨染桜の精

Japanese
Edo period
1840 (Tenpô 11), 3rd month


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-6897

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 26.2 cm (13 7/8 x 10 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39327

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (finale of Part 2): Hina Asobi Wagô no Aishô
Sections of shosa: Sumizome-zakura ni Narai Sekimoribashira
Play (main feature): Toki mo Yoshino Senbon-zakura
Theater: Nakamura
雛遊睦相生(ひなあそびわごうのあいしょう) 常磐津、義太夫、長唄
墨染桜に倣関守の木(すみぞめざくらにならいせきもりのきばしら)
時節吉野千本桜(ときもよしのせんぼんざくら)
中村、二番目大切
 1840、天保11、03・09

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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