Actors Ôtani Tomoemon V as Abe no Sadatô (R) and Nakamura Shikan IV as Abe no Munetô (L)

「安部貞任 大谷友右エ門」(五代目)   「安部宗任 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 8th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Shimizuya Naojirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Tanaka Hori Ushi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.39852a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.39582a-b, 11.41629a-b

Signed

Kunichika ga (on each sheet)
国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ushi
改印:丑八改
彫師:ほり牛

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