Actors Arashi Kichiroku I as Sagihei, Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Ishidome Busuke (L), and Bandô Shûka (Bandô Mitsugorô VI) as the Courtesan (Keisei) Hanamurasaki (R)

「さぎ平 嵐吉六」(初代)、「石どめ武助 市村家橘」(四代目)  「けいせい花紫 坂東しうか」(六代目坂東三津五郎)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-6282 (R), 100-6283 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.5 × 48.4 cm (14 × 19 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41217a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Hana Utsugi Iga no Ryôtô
Theater: Ichimura
花卯木伊賀両刀(はなうつぎいがのりょうとう)
 市村

Signed

Yoshiiku ga (on each sheet)
芳幾画(よし枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa
改印:亥五改
彫師:松島彫政

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