Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Hamana Munekiyo (R), Bandô Shûka I as Katsuragi (C), Onoe Kikujirô II as Kôbai, and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Ujinao (L)

「浜名宗清」三代目嵐吉三郎  「桂木」初代坂東しうか  「紅梅」二代目尾上菊次郎、「氏直」八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
about 1851 (Kaei 4)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #44; Waseda db 005-0348 (C), 005-0349 (L), 005-0350 (R)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 74.2 cm (14 5/16 x 29 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36662a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Apparently an imaginary recasting, with some of the role names slightly changed, of the hit play Higashiyama Sakura Zôshi, produced at the Nakamura Theater in the 8th month of 1851. Identifications of actors according to the Waseda database.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark
Unidentified publisher's mark
改印:福、村松
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: 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