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

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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.

Inscription

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

Signed

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

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

Japanese, Edo period, 1832 (Tenpô 3), 3rd month

Dimensions

Horizontal double ôban

Accession Number

11.38841

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints