Actors Arashi Rikaku III as the Fox (Kitsune) Kuzunoha, and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Abe no Yasuna (inset)

「葛の葉狐」三代目嵐璃寛、「安部の保名」八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.6 cm (14 9/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40404

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (second feature): Ashiya Dôman Ôuchi Kagami
Play (main feature): Jiraiya Gôketsu Monogatari
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 7, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、渡辺、子七、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