One of a set of two special prints possibly inspired by Sharaku's bust portraits of actors; the other print, not in the MFA, shows the famous chanter Tomimoto Buzendayû.
(this edition unsigned)
June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection
Japanese, Edo period, about 1795 (Kansei 7)
- Artist Rekisentei Eiri, Japanese, active about 1781–1818
Jenkins et al, The Floating World Revisited (1993), #III-7; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eiri list, #4.2; Ukiyo-e taikei 6 (1975), #55; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 471, list no. B2; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #2322
Vertical ôban; 39 x 25.7 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper