Collection online

Ka (火) Sawamura Tossho (沢村訥升) / Mokkadogonsui no uchi (木火土金水の内) (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1908,0718,0.38

  • Title (object)

    • Ka (火) Sawamura Tossho (沢村訥升)

    Title (series)

    • Mokkadogonsui no uchi (木火土金水の内) (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print, oban. The kabuki actor Sawamura Tossho I as the rabbit, brandishing a flintstone to start a fire, as he chases a tanuki badger carrying firewood on its back, from the folktale ‘Kachikachiyama’ (かちかち山). The print depicts the second section of a five-part hengemono dance representing the Daoist Five Elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The dance, titled ‘Hina asobi wago no aisho’ (雛遊睦相生) (also read ‘Hina asobi wago no aioi’), was performed at the Nakamura-za in the 3rd month of 1840 (Tenpo 11).

    More 

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1840
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        upper right
      • Inscription Content

        Hi
      • Inscription Transliteration

      • Inscription Comment

        series title
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        upper left
      • Inscription Content

        木火土金水の内 沢村訥升
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Mokka dogonsui no uchi, Sawamura Tossho
      • Inscription Comment

        print title (actor's role and name)
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        lower left
      • Inscription Content

        五渡亭国貞画
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Gototei Kunisada ga
      • Inscription Comment

        artist’s signature
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        lower left
      • Inscription Content

        佐野喜
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sanoki
      • Inscription Comment

        publisher’s mark
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        lower left
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kiwame
      • Inscription Comment

        censorship seal
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Hina asobi wago no aioi (alternate reading)
    • Associated Title: Hina asobi wago no aisho (雛遊睦相生) (dance)
    • Associated Title: Kachikachiyama (かちかち山) (dance section)
    • Associated Title: Tama usagi (玉兎) (related dance)
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1908

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1908,0718,0.38

Woodblock print. Two actors, one as fox. Nishiki-e on paper.

Recto

Woodblock print. Two actors, one as fox. Nishiki-e on paper.

Image description

Recommend


Feedback

If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: JCF19472

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 

Supporters

Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help  

Loading...