A Parody of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Mitate Sangokushi): Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Ushiwaka no Genji (R), Sawamura Tosshô II as Kyûo no Kin (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Kumonryû no Shinkichi (L)

「見立三国志 牛若の源治 市むらかきつ」(四代目)  「見立三国志 九尾の金 沢むら訥升」(二代目)   「見立三国志  九紋竜の新吉 なかむらしくわん」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 4th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Tsunoi (Japanese), Blockcutter Tanaka Hori Ushi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-2242 (R), 007-2241 (C), 007-2240 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 75.5 cm (14 3/16 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44456a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ushinosuke

改印:辰四改
彫師:彫工牛之助

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