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Maker(s):Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
Culture:Japanese (1786-1864)
Title:Actors Onoe Kikugoro IV as the Doll (Oyama ningyo) and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hidari Jingoro, from the series Mitate sanjurokku sen [The Matches for Thirsty-Six Selected Poems]
Date Made:1856 (Ansei 3, 11th month)
Materials:Color woodblock print (woodcut) on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Sheet: 14 1/4 in x 9 1/2 in; 36.2 cm x 24.1 cm; Image: 13 7/16 in x 8 13/16 in; 34.1 cm x 22.4 cm
Narrative Inscription:  TITLE: recto, upp. r (black ink in cartouche): [Mitate sanjūrokku sen, Japanese character]; TITLE: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Oyama Ningyō / Hidari Jingorō, Japanese character]; SIGNATURE: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Utagawa Toyokuni hitsu, Japanese character]; SEAL: recto, upp. r. (red stamp): [a red circle right below artist’s signature]; SEAL: recto, upp. r. (stamp with black ink): [Tatsu jūichi, Japanese character]; SEAL: recot, upp. r. (stamp with black ink): [aratame, Japanese character]; INSCRIPTION: recto, upp. l. (black ink within the inset): [Tamashi / hi no / ire / mono / hitotsu / tane / fukube, Japanese character]
Accession Number:  MH 1949.43.Q.RII
Credit Line:Sargent Collection
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

A vertical oban-size nishiki-e print: a woman in delicate red-and-brown kimono stands next to a seated man in blue kimono, who offers a cup of sake; a try of delectable on the foreground and a white stand marked kyo-ningyo (or “Kyoto Doll”) in the background; insert in the upper left corner with a brief inscription and a mortar bowl with branch of yellow flowers. Publisher: Uoya Eikichi.

Ukiyo-e; men; women; dance; dolls; kimonos

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