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Actor Nakamura Shikan IV in the Benikan Dance (Benikan odori)

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Unidentified publisher's mark.

Inscription

「お亀や/\おかめ/\とみな人ことに文や玉づさ下んしたおちやつぴいなんじやいなおきて/\おちやつぴい親の代から其名をついでひく手あまたの身はやるせなやあつちらむいちやにこ/\こつちらむいちやにこ/\「やんもしろやいろざと通ひひくやさみせんの合」

Signed

Nanajûkyûsai Toyokuni hitsu 七十九歳豊国筆

Marks

Censor's seal: Rat 7 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô 子七改 片田彫長

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

Japanese, Edo period, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 7th month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25.8 cm (14 5/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21996

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints