Male Prostitute (Kagema), from the series Starlight and Frost: Modern Manners (Hoshi ya shimo tôsei fûzoku) (on other prints in the series, Hoshi no shimo tôsei fûzoku)

「星や霜当世風俗」(=星の霜当世風俗) かげま

Japanese
Edo period
about 1819 (Bunsei 2)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Seikado, Kunisada (exh. cat., 1996), #32; the series: Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), checklist 1-9

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.7 x 26.4 cm (15 1/4 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.25958

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

According to the Seikado catalogue, the figure can be identified as a male by the tabi (socks) tied at the ankles.
The poem partly visible on the screen is the one associated with the Jewel River of Mount Kôya (Kôya no Tamagawa) in the Six Jewel Rivers (Mu Tamagawa) set.

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画

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