Tea Bowl for the Element of Earth, Cherry-wood Charcoal for the Element of Fire; Highly Auspicious (Chawan no kisei, sakura sumi no kasei, daikichi): Actor Sawamura Gennosuke I (=Sawamura Sôjûrô IV) and the Tea Ceremony, from the series Auspicious Combina

「諸芸相生尽し ちやわんの土 桜すみの火性 大吉」 初代沢村源之助(四代目沢村宗十郎)と茶の湯

Edo period
about late 1800s–early 1810s
Artist Kikukawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867), Publisher Katai (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kondô, ed., Eizan (JUM exh. cat., 1996), list #36.3 (no photo)


Vertical ôban; 39.4 x 26.3 cm (15 1/2 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.17756, 11.30208

The actor changed his name from Sawamura Gennosuke I to Sawamura Sôjûrô IV in the 11th month of 1811; it is not clear whether this print was published before or after the name change.


Kikukawa Eizan hitsu


No censor's seal


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)

[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