Actor Iwai Hanshirô IV as the Wet Nurse Shigenoi

四代目岩井半四郎の乳人重の井

Japanese
Edo period
1794 (Kansei 6), 5th month
Artist Tôshûsai Sharaku (Japanese, active 1794–1795), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

TNM, Sharaku (2011), #67; Dai Sharaku ten (1995), #021; Ukiyo-e shûka 11 (1979), list #021; Henderson & Ledoux 14

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 25.4 cm (15 1/16 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.14669

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.14669, 11.14670, 21.7243

Play: Koi Nyôbô Somewake Tazuna
Theater: Kawarazaki
恋女房染分手綱(こいにょうぼうそめわけたづな)
 河原崎

Signed

Tôshûsai Sharaku ga
東洲斎写楽画

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: 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