Actor Arashi Sangoro III as Izaemon, from a Dance of Seven Changes (Shichi henge no uchi)

「伊左衛門 七変化の内 嵐三五郎」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1815 (Bunka 12), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Suzui (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.6 x 25.9 cm (15 3/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15693

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

One of a pair, with 11.15692.

The parts of the lovers Yûgiri and Izaemon were danced simultaneously by the same actor, using a backward mask.

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Yaegasumi Hana ni Kakeai
Scene: Kamiko Otoko Zôri no Naginata
Play (main feature): Yoshitsune Senbon-zakura
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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: August 3, 1911)

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