Wu Meng (Go Mô): (Actors Ôtani Tomoemon IV as) Isoguma and (Onoe Kikujirô II as) Nishikigi, from the series Matches for the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety (Mitate nijûshi kô)

「見立廿四孝 呉猛(ごもう)」「磯熊」四代目大谷友右衛門、 「にしきゞ」二代目尾上菊次郎

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kakumotoya Kinjirô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Tokyo Metropolitan Library db 5714-C120

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 24.3 cm (13 3/4 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36627

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate).

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 6
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、卯六
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