Actor Ôtani Tomoemon V as the Courtesan (Keisei) Sazanami, actually Tadanori

「傾城さゞ浪 実ハ忠のり 大谷友右衛門」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 4th month (?)
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Tatekawa Hatsue (Hori Hatsu) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.22555

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of incomplete triptych.

Play: Koe mo Sorou Ryôza no Ôyose
Theaters: Nakamura, Ichimura
音揃成雨勘大歌(こえもそろうりょうざのおおよせ)
中村・市村
明治01 (1868)・09・

Signed

Kunichika hitsu
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Tatekawa Hori Hatsu
改印:辰四改
彫師:竪川彫初

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