Act II (Nidanme): Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as both Ôboshi Rikiya and Konami, from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Chûshingura)

「忠臣蔵 二段目」 「大星力弥」・「小なみ」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.6 cm (14 1/8 x 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38016

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、村田
彫師:なし

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