Actor Nakamura Nakazô I as a Fern Seller (Shinobu-uri), actually the Ghost of Dainichibô

初代中村仲蔵の荵売実ハ大日坊亡魂

Japanese
Edo period
1775 (An'ei 4), 1st month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Dimensions

Hosoban; 31.2 x 14.6 cm (12 5/16 x 5 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.4175

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center sheet of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.18894VR (11.18894, 11.18897, 11.18898) (complete), 21.4175 (center sheet only), 21.4264 (right sheet only)

Play: Shinobugusa Koi no Utsushie (Jôruri)
Play: Iromoyô Aoyagi Soga
Theater: Nakamura
色模様青柳曽我(いろもようあおやぎそが)
 中村

Signed

Shunshô ga
春章画

Markings

Collector's seal: Hayashi Tadamasa

Provenance

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection