Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô IX as Sanada Saemon Yukimura (at right) and as Akushichibyôe Kagekiyo (at left), from the series Danjûrô IX in the Eighteen Great Hits of Kabuki, Old and New (Shinko kabuki jûhachiban, Kyûsei Danjûrô)

新古歌舞伎十八番 九世団十郎 「真田左エ門幸村」・「悪七兵衛景清」 九代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Meiji era
about 1887 (Meiji 20)
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Sakurai Yasubei (Japanese), Blockcutter Asai Ginjirô (Hori Gin) (Japanese, 1844–1894)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 24.3 cm (13 7/8 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44395

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center sheet of a triptych, from a series of three triptychs with a total of 18 images.
The MFA has all nine sheets in the set, 11.44394 to 11.44402, but the order in which they should be assembled is not clear.

Signed

Toyohara Kunichika hitsu
豊原国周筆

Markings

No censor's seal
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Gin
改印:なし
彫師:彫工銀

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