Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Akabori Mizuemon, with Matsumoto Kunigorô and Arashi Kangorô (R); Arashi Rikan III as Nakano Tôbei (C); and Kataoka Gadô II as Miki Jûzaemon, with Naritaya Sôbei II(?) and Ôtani Tokuji II (L)

「赤堀水右衛門」三代目嵐吉三郎、松本国五郎、嵐冠五郎  「中野藤兵衛」三代目嵐璃寛  「三木重左衛門」二代目片岡我童、二代目成田屋宗兵衛ヵ、二代目大谷徳次

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 76.9 cm (14 1/8 x 30 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.29291-3

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29291 (left), 11.29292 (right), 11.29293 (center)

MFA impressions: 11.29291-3, 11.44182a-c

Play: Soga Moyô Kameyama-zome
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 7
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、卯七
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