The Twelfth Month (Shiwasu tsuki): Actor Nakamura Utaemon III as Guan Yu, from the series The Twelve Months (Jûni tsuki no uchi)

「十二月之内 しわす月」 三代目中村歌右衛門の関帝

Japanese
Edo period
1817 (Bunka 14), 3rd month
Artist Ganjôsai Kunihiro (Japanese, active about 1815–1843), Publisher Sôshiya (Japanese), Publisher Tenmaya Genjirô (Tamamizu) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 88; Schwaab, Osaka Prints (1989), #23

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.9 x 25.6 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36009

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Mata Kaina Jûni-bake
Theater: Kado
莫恠踊化姿(またかいなじゅうにばけ)
 角

Signed

Kunihiro ga
国広画

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: January 19, 2005)

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