Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Matsuômaru (R), Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Umeômaru, and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Sakuramaru (L), in Act 3 of Sugawara

「菅原 巻ノ三」 「松王丸 嵐吉三郎」(三代目)  「梅王丸 実川延三郎」(初代)  「桜丸 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 3rd month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868), Publisher Kinkôdô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 112; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #591

Dimensions

Vertical chûban triptych; 25 x 54.5 cm (9 13/16 x 21 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21104, 11.21119, 11.21120

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21104 (R), 11.21119 (L), 11.21120 (C)

MFA impressions: 11.21104VR (11.21104, 11.21119-20), 11.35795a-c

Play: Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami
Theater: Naka

The Ikeda bunko impression has the mark of publisher Tsutakan; both MFA impressions have the mark of publisher Kinkodô.
菅原伝授手習鑑(すがわらでんじゅてならいかがみ)
 中

Signed

Kunikazu (on each sheet)
国員

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