Actors Arashi Rikan III as Arakaze Ryûzaemon Orochimaru (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Nishida Shirôza, actually Jiraiya (C), and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Sansuji no Oito, actually Tsunade (L)

「荒風竜左衛門大蛇丸」三代目嵐璃寛 「西田四郎三実ハ児雷也」八代目市川団十郎 「三筋のお糸実綱手」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 77 cm (13 15/16 x 30 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43963a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Jiraiya Gôketsu Monogatari
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 9
No blockcutter's mark

改印:浜、馬込、子九
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