Actor Bandô Tarô, from the series Portraits as True Likenesses in the Moonlight (Makoto no tsuki hana no sugata-e)

「真写月花の姿絵(まことのつきはなのすがたえ)」「坂東太郎」

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Hirookaya Kôsuke (Kikujudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.3 cm (14 3/8 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

2012.929

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a series of 38 sheets, including a title page, frontispiece, and 36 silhouette portraits.

Inscription

Poem by the actor

Signed

Ikkeisai Yoshiiku hitsu
一恵斎芳幾筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 4 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:卯四改
彫師:なし

Provenance

September 26, 2006, anonymous sale, Doyle Auctioneers, New York, lot 1007, to Jo-Ann Pinkowitz, Boston; 2012, gift of Jo-Ann and Richard Pinkowitz to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 28, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Jo-Ann Edinburg Pinkowitz and Richard Pinkowitz in memory of Arthur E. Vershbow