Wood (Ki): Actors Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Ôtomo no Kuronushi and Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Spirit of the Ink-dyed Cherry Tree (Sumizome Sakura no sei), from the series The Five Elements (Gogyô no uchi)

「五行ノ内木」 「大伴黒主」八代目片岡仁左衛門、「墨染桜精」三代目沢村田之助

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Tokuzô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.7 cm (14 11/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21910

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

任好 豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Koizumi Hori Kane

改印:申九改
彫師:小泉彫兼

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