Actor Onoe Kikugorô as Soga no Gorô dressed as a Komusô

尾上菊五郎の曽我五郎

Japanese
Edo period
about 1744–51 (Enkyô 1–Kan'en 4)
Artist Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #18; Designed for Pleasure (2008), fig. 45; Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 1843; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #71; Paine, MFA Bulletin v. 57, no. 308 (1959), fig. 2

Dimensions

Wide hashira-e; 69.2 x 25.6 cm (27 1/4 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.13339

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (beni-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 06.963, 11.13339

Play: Nanakusa Wakayagi Soga (?)
Theater: Ichimura (?)
Date of production: 1744, spring

Inscription

Poem: Ono ga ne no/ ... / hototogisu

Signed

Hôgetsudô shômei Okumura Bunkaku Masanobu shôhitsu
方月堂正名奥村文角政信正筆

Markings

Artist's seal: Tanchôsai

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