Moon: Actor Iwai Tojaku I, from an untitled series of Snow, Moon, and Flowers (Setsugekka)

雪月花のうち 月 初代岩井杜若

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Catalogue Raisonné

Tsuda, "Ryûô-tei Edo no Hananari...," Ukiyo-e geijutsu 161 (2011), p. 45, fig. 10; Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 153, pl. 40

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.8 x 18.5 cm (8 3/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26069

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Text introduction and poem translated in Keyes 1984, p. 102 (however, he identifies the actor as Iwai Hanshirô V).

Inscription

Poem by Ryûsonsha Kochô: Suidô no/ wakamizu kumeba/ futatsu naki/ yama mo egao o/ utsusu hatsu zora

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

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