Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Yawata Saburô, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Ômi Kotôta, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Ôiso no Tora (R), Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Kobayashi Asaina, and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Kudô Saemon Suketsune (L)

「八幡三郎」三代目嵐吉三郎、「近江小藤太」四代目市川小団次、「大磯の虎」三代目岩井粂三郎  「小林朝日奈」五代目沢村長十郎、「工藤左衛門祐常」五代目市川海老蔵

Japanese
Edo period
about 1850 (Kaei 3)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.2 x 50.2 cm (14 1/4 x 19 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.43747a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Probably the two right sheets of an incomplete triptych. Actors as characters in a Soga Brothers play, who in turn represent the Seven Gods of Good Fortune in the Treasure Boat.

Signed

Ôkô (Konomi ni ojite) Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、村田、シタ売
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