Symbols of Good Fortune for the Ichikawa Lineage: A Lobster in the Shape of the Treasure Boat (Takarabune)

市川流の壽 宝船の海老

Edo period
1832 (Tenpô 3), 3rd month
Artist Torii Kiyomitsu II (Kiyomine) (Japanese, 1787–1868), Publisher Maruya Jinpachi (Marujin, Enjudô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, "Gifts of the 'Treasure Ship'," in Graphic Designer ... Robert Schaap (2013), pp. 16-21, fig. 1


Horizontal double ôban; 42.2 x 56.2 cm (16 5/8 x 22 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 00.1682, 11.38841
A related design: 00.1674

Made to commemorate the name change of Ichikawa Danjûrô VII to Ebizô V and his son, the former Ebizô, to Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII. Text transcribed and translated in McKee 2013.


Poems by Hakuen (Danjûrô VII) and Mimasu (Danjûrô VIII).


Godaime [i.e. fifth-generation head of the Torii school] Kiyomitsu


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

[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