Ryûkyû-style Castanets (Yotsudake): Actors Ichikawa Sôzaburô IV as Yotsudake no Tatsu and Bandô Tsurujûrô I as Yotsudake no Osan

「四つ竹」 「四つ竹の辰 市川宗三郎」(四代目)、「四つ竹のおさん 坂東鶴十郎」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1810 (Bunka 7), 3rd month (?)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Maru-Zen (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.8 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.25409

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Possibly from the dance play Kaze Sasou Kane mo Yotsudake, part of Kachi Zumô Ukina no Hanabure, at the Ichimura theater, 1810.3.

Signed

Toyokuni ga
豊国画

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