Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as a Puppet of Yaoya Oshichi, with Bandô Muraemon I, an Unidentified Actor, and Matsumoto Kunigorô as Puppet Manipulators (Kurogo)

「八百屋お七」四代目市川小団次、黒衣 初代坂東村右衛門、?、松本国五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.1 x 24.9 cm (13 13/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22476

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (second feature): Shôchikubai Yuki no Akebono
Play (main feature): Joro no Makoto Osada no Chûkô
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 11
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰十一
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: 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