Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Benten Kozô Kikunosuke

「弁天子僧菊之助 市村羽左衛門」(十三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sonoharaya Shôsuke (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #36.4 (complete upright triptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.1 x 24.8 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.40752

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Top sheet of incomplete upright triptych.

Play: Aoto Zôshi Hana no Nishiki-e
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Iwa

改印:戌三改
彫師: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: 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