Actor Bandô Mitsugorô VI in Five Female Roles, a Memorial Performance on the Thirty-third Anniversary of the Death of Bandô Mitsugorô III (Sandaime Bandô Mitsugorô sanjûsankaiki tsuizen kyôgen gonin onna aikin môshi sôrô, Godaime Bandô Mitsugorô)

「三代目坂東三津五良三十三回忌追善狂言五人女相勤申候 五代目坂東三津五郎」 (六代目坂東三津五郎)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 24.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45477

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: *11.40232 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.45477

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Yosete Mitsu Yomiya no Hanadashi
Play (main feature): Sono Na nomi Karigane-zome
Theater: Morita

The actor known today as Mitsugorô VI was actually Mitsugorô V during his lifetime. It was later decided to award the name Mitsugorô V posthumously to his father Bandô Shûka I, and make the son Mitsugorô VI in the official lineage.
寄三大宵祭花☆(よせてみつよみやのはなだし) 常磐津/富本、清元、長唄
其名雁金染(そのなのみかりがねぞめ)
守田、二番目大切
 1863、文久03、06・14

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu
七十八歳豊国筆(年玉印)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô
改印:亥六改
彫師:片田彫長

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