Actor Bandô Hikosaburô V as Hayano Kanpei, from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, a Primer (Kanadehon Chûshingura)

「仮名手本忠臣蔵 早野勘平」 五代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Maruya Tokuzô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Hori Iwa (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban 37.3 x 26 cm (14 11/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.22048

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

Inscription

Poem.

「はらわたをしほるや飴に啼く蛙 薪水」

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main image); Gengyo (background)

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)、玄魚

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Iwa

改印:戌二改
彫師:横川彫岩

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