Actors Arashi Rikan III as the Packhorse Driver (Mago) Dôhachi (R), Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Traveller (Tabi chûgen) Naosuke Gonbei (C), and Bandô Shûka I as Hitomaru Oroku (L)

「馬士胴八」三代目嵐璃寛 「旅中間直助権兵衛」四代目市川小団次 「人丸お六」初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Aritaya Seiemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.7 x 74.1 cm (14 7/16 x 29 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44139a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Azuma Kudari Gojûsan Tsugi
Theater: Kawarazaki
吾孺下五十三駅(あずまくだりごじゅうさんつぎ)
河原崎
 1854、嘉永07、08・08

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 8
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、寅八
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